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M. Dale

M. Dale

Confederate (CSV)

Major

Matthew Dale

"Matt"

(1830 - 1862)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He moved from Tennessee to Palestine, Texas in 1852 where he became a newspaper editor and member of the Texas House from 1859-1861, representing Anderson County. He was commissioned the original 2nd Lieutenant, Company G, 1st Texas Infantry in September 1861. He was appointed Major of the regiment on 19 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg:

Major Dale, acting as lieutenant-colonel, had moved from the right, and was conferring with me as to the propriety of advancing or at once withdrawing, when he was killed.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and Simpson.2 The quote above from Lieutenant Colonel Work from his after-action Report. Personal details from The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860, source also of his picture from his photograph as Texas State Representative (1860), online from the Legislative Reference Library of Texas.

Birth

11/22/1830; Smith County, TN

Death

09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD

Notes

1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142 - 143  [AotW citation 1416]

2   Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 11  [AotW citation 20839]