(1843 - 1929)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
His father died before he was born and his mother remarried when he was 3 years old. He moved with his family to Texas about 1850 and was in Houston County by 1860. Age 17, he mustered as Private in Company I, First Texas Infantry on 24 June 1861 in New Orleans. He may have been captured at Mechanicsville, VA in 1862.
On the Campaign
He was slightly wounded in a finger in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was promoted to 5th Sergeant on 15 April 1864 and on furlough in Alabama in the Spring of 1865. He was paroled at Centerville, AL in April 1865.
After the War
He returned to Houston County, and farmed near Pennington, TX. Largely uneducated before the war, he resumed schooling in the years after and was ordained a minister in the Baptist Church in 1888. He served in churches in Henderson and Anderson Counties.
References & notes
Service information from Davis1 and Simpson.2 Sharpsburg wound detail from a 22 September casualty list by Lt. Col. Work published in the Galveston News of 1 November 1862. Personal information from a bio sketch in the Handbook of Texas Online citing his memoirs of 1924. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
09/26/1843; Bibb County, AL
12/03/1929 Frankston, TX; burial in Leagueville Cemetery, Leagueville, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142 [AotW citation 1544]
2 Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 70 [AotW citation 21010]