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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Texas in the Civil War

Federal Forces

 
 
Texas in the Civil War – Federal Forces Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 8, 2007
1. Texas in the Civil War – Federal Forces Marker
Inscription. When Texas joined the Confederacy in 1861, some men disagreed. Mainly these were from foreign countries or the North, or did not uphold states’ rights. Some of them left here and joined northern army units.

Others joined Federal forces near home. A 1st Texas Cavalry (Union), made up of 310 men in 8 companies, was organized by a Texan, Col. E.J. Davis, across the Rio Grande, in Mexico. Nucleus of 2nd Texas Cavalry (Union) was formed in New Orleans, adding men in Louisiana and Mexico until it had 4 companies. They merged 1864 into 1st Texas Volunteer Cavalry (Union).

Individual Texas prisoners of war obtained freedom by becoming “galvanized Yankees” – men coating over their old opinions with blue uniforms. These fought Indians on frontiers, not old Confederate comrades. However, Texans in the Federal Army sometimes were in battle against old neighbors, or even their own relatives, in Red River campaigns in Louisiana, on the coast, and in south and west Texas.

On each side by turns were enlisted the partisan Rangers of A.J. Vidal – deserting the Confederates in 1863, the Federals and the war itself in 1864.

Federal soldiers from Texas were a small minority because 90,000 Texans fought for the Confederacy.
 
Erected 1965 by the State Historical
Marker is the one on the left in front of the Texas Military Forces Museum image. Click for full size.
By Michael Heinich, August 2, 2014
2. Marker is the one on the left in front of the Texas Military Forces Museum
Survey Committee. (Marker Number 6464.)
 
Location. 30° 18.577′ N, 97° 45.634′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker can be reached from West 35th Street. Click for map. This marker is located in front of the Texas Military Forces Museum inside Camp Mabry. It is next to the Adjutants General Marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2210 West 35th Street, Austin TX 78703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Mabry (here, next to this marker); Major John B. Jones (here, next to this marker); Texas and the Civil War State Military Board (here, next to this marker); William Steele (here, next to this marker); Adjutants General (here, next to this marker); Lilia and Josephine Casis (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Radkey House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Taylor Lime Kiln No. 1 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 925 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Michael Heinich of Austin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016.
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