THRUSTON, GATES PHILLIPS, lawyer and author: b. Dayton, Ohio, June 11, 1835; now resides in Nashville, Tenn. In 1855 he was graduated from the Cincinnati Law School. He entered the Federal army at the outbreak of the War of Secession and served until 1865. After the war he practiced law in Nashville, where he became prominent. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is vice-president of the Tennessee Historical Society. Besides magazine articles on military and antiquarian topics, he has published Antiquities of Tennessee and Adjacent States (1890). General Thruston is an example of the Federal soldier who after the war made himself a respected position in the South.
SOURCE: Walter Lynwood Fleming, Editor, The South in the Building of the Nation, Volume 12: Biography, p. 457