Known throughout the history of the US Army as the only man who could gain weight eating Army food. In 1862, he was 5'8" and weighed 120 pounds. He was described then as "very slightly built." Several months later, he wrote to his sister and mentioned that he had grown quite well in the frosty Maryland weather and was now 132 pounds. He remarked, "What makes it strange is that I should have gained 12 pounds living on worms." Even stranger, in February 1863, he weighed in at 150 pounds. One wonders if the locals were seeing to it that young Tom did not go hungry. With those eyes, he could probably charm the shine off a stone!