Article is titled "A Happy Meeting" and was published in the Portage Wisconsin newspaper of Saturday, Jan 18, 1879. A condensed version was later published in the Milwaukee Sentinel. Its not on line to the best of my knowledge. If you would like a copy let me know where to send it.
I have been looking for Thomas for several years, his son Henry is my great grandfather.
Have you been able to locate Thomas in Detroit before the war? He is in Pewaukee, Waukesha Cty Wisconsin for the 1855 State Census but only his wife and childen are listed for the 1860 Census.