Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Soldiers Of Texas.

A while back I was asked by a Texas genealogy Society, to help them from time to time To do some look ups. Now I usually work with the Union records. Now I have noting against the Confederacy it’s just that their records are harder to work with. So I thought I better take a good look so when I was asked to do a look up I would have a place to start.

The information on these Texas men are short notes, but there is more information on most of them. If you need more information, you should find them on the internet easily enough. If you can write to me and I will look into it, but ( please give the title of this page for whit out the title I may not be able to help you.)

Andrew Caughfield.

Birth: 1835.
Death: Oct. 30, 1915
Burial: Old Rock Cemetery, Somerset, Atascosa County, Texas.
Service: Private, Co D 5th Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army.

Edward Winans.

Birth: Dec. 31, 1831.
Death: Jan. 10, 1917.
Burial: Old Rock Cemetery, Somerset, Atascosa County, Texas.

Reuben Acker Higgason.

He enlisted in the 5th Texas Infantry, CSA, it being one of the regiments that composed the Hood's Brigade and participated in the following battles: Manassas, Fisher's Bridge, the Seven Days' battles around Richmond, and others that Hood's Brigade was engaged in up to Sept. 1863. He was promoted and transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department. He, with Maj. Clemson, a grandson of John C. Calhoun, was detailed and sent to San Antonio, TX, with a large amount of Confederate money, as distributing officers. The two men, along with the money, were captured near the Mississippi River on Sept. 9, taken to Johnson's Island off Sandusky, Ohio and held for 22 months before being released.

Nicholas Henry Darnell.

Nicholas Henry Darnell (April 20, 1807 - June 7, 1885) Soon after arriving in Texas in 1838, Nicholas Darnell was elected to the Republic of Texas Congress, where he served as Speaker of the House. A delegate to the 1845 Statehood Convention, he later represented Dallas and Tarrant counties in the State Legislature, again serving as speaker. He resigned in 1863 to lead the 18th Texas Cavalry. After the Civil War, Darnell was again elected to the Texas Legislature and was a delegate to the 1875 Constitutional Convention.

Col John T. Coit.

John T. Coit, a lawyer who moved here from South Carolina. During the Civil War he raised a regiment in the Dallas area and served as a colonel. Originally buried on a bluff of the Trinity River.
Service: Private, Co I 36th Tex Cavalry, Confederate States Army.

William George King.

Came to Texas from Dove County, Tn. by wagon, with his mother, Rachel, and stepfather, John A.M. Boyd in February 1841. William was a trail driver; fought at the battle Salada Creek in 1841;brought the cannon away before the approach of Vasquez in the Vasquez Invasion; and was a private, Company I, 3rd regiment, Texas Mounted Infantry Volunteers, in the Mexican War.
He was the first tax assessor-collector of Guadalupe County and served in that office until he resigned to become a Major in the CSA, serving as chief quartermaster under General Henry Eustace McCulloch.

Nathaniel Macon Burford.

He was made colonel of the nineteenth Texas cavalry and attached to Gen. W. H. Parsons' cavalry brigade and remained with it until 1864, when, on account of illness, incapacitating him from active service, he resigned.
In 1866, he was elected a member of the eleventh legislature from Dallas county and upon the assembling of the legislature, he was elected speaker of that body, a position which he filled with singular ability until, with almost all mother public officials, he was removed as an impediment to reconstruction by Gen. Phil Sheridan.

Richard Waterhouse.

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in Rhea County, Tennessee, he ran away from home to fight in the Mexican War. On his return, he moved with his parents in 1849 to San Augustine, Texas, working with his father in the family business until the Civil War. On May 13, 1862, he was commissioned Colonel of the 19th Texas, a regiment he had helped recruit, and through 1863 he served in Arkansas and Louisiana. At Milliken's Bend, Louisiana, on August 18, 1862, he won high commendations from Brigadier General Henry E. McCulloch for leading a determined charge against Federal troops within artillery range of Union gunboats.

Commanding a regiment in Brigadier General William R. Scurry's brigade, Major General John G. Walker's division, he participated in the battles at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill during the Red River Campaign in spring 1864, being singled out for praise by Lieutenant General Richard Taylor. Favorably impressed, General E. Kirby Smith, commanding the Trans-Mississippi Department, appointed him Brigadier General to rank from April 30, 1864. The promotion was not confirmed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis until March 17, 1865 and by the Confederate Senate until the 18th, the last day the legislators were in session before the government collapsed. After the war, he lived in San Antonio and in Jefferson, Texas, where he speculated in land. He died from pneumonia contracted after falling down a set of hotel stairs on a trip to Waco.

David Browning Culberson.

Civil War Confederate Army Officer, US Congressman. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War first as Colonel and commander of the 18th Texas Infantry, then as Adjutant General of the State of Texas. Elected to represent two different Texas Districts in the United States House of Representatives. First represented the 2nd District from 1875 to 1883, then the 4th District from 1883 to 1897). He served a defense attorney for Abe Rothschild in his famous Murder Trial of his wife. Culbertson County, Texas is named for him.

John Henry Broocks.

Confederate Officer. He moved to Texas in 1837, and was a veteran of the Mexican War. At the start of the Civil War he joined Company C, Whitfield's Legion. Broocks served until the end of the war, saw service with Hood's Army in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee, and was promoted to Colonel in 1864. He was the father of Congressman Moses Lycurgus Broocks (1864-1908).

Col John Albert Williams.

When the Civil War broke out, John joined the Confederate Army. He was commissioned as a Captain. In May 1863, he was promoted to Major and served as the Chief Engineer on General Lee's staff. After the War was over, General Lee presented each member of his staff with a signed copy of the famous Order #9.

Sebron Graham Sneed, Jr.

In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Company G, Sixth Regiment, Texas Infantry. He was later promoted to Captain and was an Assistant Adjutant General when captured by Union troops.

Capt Andrew J. Ross.

Enrolled in the Texas 22nd Infantry Regiment in August 1862, which was organized in Tyler (Smith County). He served in various capacities and volunteered as a regimental orderly. His highest rank was first lieutenant and adjutant, confirmed on December 21, 1864. A. J. Ross was present at all roll calls, and he served until his regiment surrendered on May 26, 1865. Ross took the oath of amnesty to U.S. government on July 26, 1865.

Capt Bird Holland.

In, November 1861, he joined the Confederate Army. During the war, Bird served as adjutant of Colonel Richard B. Hubbard's Twenty-second Texas Infantry with the rank of major. He was killed in action on April 8, 1864, at the head of his regiment at the battle of Mansfield, Louisiana during the Red River campaign. The following year, his body was returned to Austin, and interred October 14, 1865 in Oakwood Cemetery.

Khleber Miller Van Zandt, Sr.

Van Zandt served as a Major in the 7th Texas Infantry, C. S. A. He served in the 13th Texas legislature and the constitutional convention of 1875.

Augustine J. Byrd.

Major, Parson's Texas Cavalry Brigade, CSA.
Mexican War: Co. I, 3 United States Dragoons

Walter Nathaniel Norwood.

He joined the Dixie Blues in the 35 Texas regiment and thus was brigaded under the famous Gen. Hood. His company was first commanded by Capt. John D. Rogers. During the war he received several wounds one of which near the breast was so desperate that perhaps it ultimately contributed to the cause of his death. After that he served in the commissary department, with rank of captain.

Maj Benjamin Alexander Botts.

Benjamin left for News Orleans in 1848, stayed about 1 year & returned to Fredericksburg because of declining health. He left for Texas in September of 1851. He married America Ballinger on July 1, 1856. He served in Terry's Texas Rangers from the start of the war until November of 1862 when he was assigned as Regimental Adjutant General to General John Austin Wharton. After General Wharton's death,Benjamin was assigned to the Taxation Department in Houston in 1864. He was a Mason, along with his brothers Walter & Charles, serving as the Master of Holland Lodge #1 in Houston in 1856, Grand Commandery of the Texas Knights Templar in 1865 & then Grand Master of all Masons in Texas in 1885.

Capt Thomas H Skidmore.

Assistant quartermasters, with the rank of captain.
Thomas H. Skidmore, of Texas, for duty with Ninth Texas Regiment, to rank October 14, 1862.

John Austin Wharton.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Texas militia and was named captain of Company B, Eighth Texas Cavalry. When the commanders of the unit, Benjamin Terry and Thomas Lubbock, died within weeks of each other, he was named commander of the group - now named Terry's Texas Rangers after their organizer. He led his men through a series of exceptional battles: the Battle of Shiloh, where he was wounded; the 1862 Kentucky invasion, which led to his promotion to brigadier general; Murfreesboro, where he was wounded a second time; the Battle of Chickamauga, where he was promoted to major general in 1863. He was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi department in Louisiana in early 1864, leading the cavalry at the tail end of the Red River campaign. On April 6, 1865, while he was visiting General John Magruder's headquarters in Houston, General Wharton was shot and killed by another officer over a debate in military tactics. He was first buried in Hempstead near his home, but was later re-interred with full honors in the Texas State Cemetery in recognition of his service.

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