(1821 - 1882)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
From a farming family, he had moved to Indiana in 1835 and Texas in 1840. He had been a clerk and lawyer, and was prominent in the early Secession movement in Texas. In 1861 he raised the Navarro Rifles - afterward Company I of the 4th Texas Infantry. He mustered as their Captain.
The rest of the War
He was wounded at Gettysburg in July 1863 and promoted to Major. He was Lieutenant Colonel by the end of the War, and was in command of the 4th Texas at Appomattox in April 1865.
After the War
He returned to Corsicana and was a lawyer and judge. He served in the state legislature, and was one of the original three State Appeals Court Justices. Winkler County, Texas was named for him.
References & notes
10/18/1821; Burke County, NC
05/13/1882 Austin, TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 163 - 164 [AotW citation 1913]
2 Bio sketch by Robert N. Jones, Jr. citing the Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893).
Ellis, L. Tuffly, and James W. Pohl, and Ron Tyler, Editors in Chief, The Handbook of Texas, Published 1999, <http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/index.html>, Source page: /handbook/online/articles/fwi63 [AotW citation 1914]