Thomas Ellwood Rose was born March 12, 1830 in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He served in the Civil War as a Colonel and commander in the 77th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was captured during the Battle of Chickamauga and imprisoned in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. Shortly after arriving at Libby, Rose was determined to find a way out. He engineered a tunnel 53' long and using the tunnel, 109 Union soldiers escaped Libby on February 9, 1864. Of the soldiers that escaped, 49 were recaptured including Rose. In April 1864, he was released in a prisoner exchange. Rose died on November 6, 1907 in Washington, D.C. and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.