(1837 - 1884)
Home State: Texas
Education: Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Texas Infantry
Born in Ceylon (then part of the British Empire, now Sri Lanka) of Irish-born parents, his father a Royal Army officer, Frank may have briefly attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst before coming to America with his family in 1851/52. His father died on the crossing. He tried ranching but soon moved to Austin, TX and opened a hardware business.
He enlisted as 4th Sergeant, Company B, 4th Texas Infantry on 11 July 1861 at Camp Clark in Harrisburg (near Houston), TX. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 4 October and first saw action at Gaines' Mill, VA on 27 June 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and Adjutant on 24 July 1862.
On the Campaign
He was with his regiment at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was promoted and joined newly-commissioned Brigadier General J.B. "Polly" Robertson (formerly Colonel, 5th Texas) on the staff as Captain and Assistant Adjutant General on 12 November 1862. He was captured in action at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and held at Johnson's Island, OH until paroled and sent to City Point, VA for exchange on 24 February 1865.
After the War
In 1868 he bought a building in Georgetown, Williamson County, TX and by 1870 owned several lots and businesses there. He was also an alderman in 1867. In 1880 he was a merchant and the postmaster of Georgetown and he died there at age 46 in 1884.
References & notes
His presence in Maryland from Davis.1 His service from his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3, and Krick.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Caroline C. "Callie" Beall (1851-1934) in May 1870 and they had 2 children.
He was son of William Nicholas Price (1809-1852) and Ora Millicent Lewis (b. 1813).
More on the Web
A typescript of his 1860 diary, originally published in The Quarterly (Dallas Genealogical Society, March 1978) is online thanks to the University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History.
His first post-war business location, now known as the M.B. Lockett Building, is an historic structure in Georgetown.
09/06/1837; Point DeGalle, CEYLON
07/31/1884; burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Georgetown, Williamson County, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 148-150, 315-316 [AotW citation 1613]
2 Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 246 [AotW citation 26210]