Courtland in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster
Volunteer military company organized at Courtland 1835 to aid Texas in struggle for independence. Commanded by Dr. Jack Shackelford, local physician, company derived its name from color of home spun uniforms, made by citizens of Courtland. In first battle Rovers were assigned to regiment cut off, captured at Coleta, March 20, 1836. Surrendered on promise of return to U. S. On March 27, company and others, 365 men, executed at Goliad by order of Gen. Santa Anna. Shackelford and seven other Rovers spared. He later escaped and returned to Courtland. Goliad incident, plus Alamo, rallied U. S. support and guaranteed freedom for Texas.
* Capt. J. Shackelford * Lt. Wm. C. Francis Sgt. F. G. Shackelford Sgt. A. J. Foley * Sgt. J. D. Hamilton Sgt. J. D. Hamilton Sgt. C. M. Short Cpl. J. H. Barkley Cpl. H. H. Bentley Cpl. David Moore Cpl. Andrew Winter Patrick H. Anderson John N. Barnhill Joseph Blackwell * George W. Brooks * L. M. Brooks T. E. Burbridge F. T. Burt J. W. Cain Thomas Cantwell Seth Clark John G. Coe * D. Cooper Harvey Cox R. T. Davidson George L. Davis H. C. Day A. Dickson Alfred Dorsey H. L. Douglas W. C. Douglas James E. Ellis Samuel Farley * Joseph Fenner Robert Fenner J. G. Ferguson E. B. Franklin D. Gamble
* Escaped at execution, on patrol, or on leave when unit captured.
Erected 1964 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 39.981′ N, 87° 18.651′ W. Marker is in Courtland, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Alabama St.. Click for map. This side of marker facing Courtland Square Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 258 Alabama St, Courtland AL 35618, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courtland's Early Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Roads / One of the South's First Railroads 1832 (within shouting distance of this marker); American Legion - Post 58 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Cotton Kingdom (within shouting distance of this marker); The African ~ American Experience (within The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Harris-Simpson Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); McMahon House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Courtland.
Also see . . .
1. Wheeler Plantation Preserving our Past. Doctor Jack Shackelford and the Red Rovers (Submitted on March 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. The Handbook of Texas Online. The Red Rovers, a volunteer military company that participated in the Texas Revolution as a unit of the Lafayette Battalion of James W. Fannin's regiment, was organized by its captain, Jack Shackelford, at Courtland, Alabama, in November 1835 and named for the fact that its members were uniformed in red jeans. (Submitted on March 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
Categories. • War, Texas Independence •
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