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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dr. Jack Shackelford

(March 20, 1790 - January 22, 1857)

 
 
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By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
1. Dr. Jack Shackelford Marker
Inscription. Physician and military commander, Jack Shackelford, was born in Richmond, Virginia. He earned an M.D. degree and in 1811, moved to Winnsboro, South Carolina, where he opened his first practice and met Maria Youngue, whom he married. Shackelford enlisted in the army during the War of 1812, where he served on Andrew Jackson’s staff and was wounded at Charleston. After the war, he moved his family to Alabama, where he continued to practice medicine, owned a cotton plantation and served in the state senate.
     In 1835, Shackelford raised a company of nearly 70 volunteers (approximately half of the male population of Courtland, AL), his eldest son, Fortunatus, and two nephews, to join in the Texas War for Independence. The group, which became known as the Red Rovers, came under the command of Col. James Fannin. During the Battle of Coleto, Dr. Shackelford’s orders saved numerous lives. Unfortunately, most of the survivors were executed on March 27, 1836; Dr. Shackelford was spared because of his medical training. He cared for Mexican soldiers in Goliad and then in San Antonio. After the Battle of San Jacinto, he and Dr. Joseph Barnard escaped; they returned to Goliad to secure burial for the massacre victims, and then to Velasco, where Shackelford obtained an honorable discharge.
     Dr. Shackelford returned to Alabama after the
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By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
2. Dr. Jack Shackelford Marker
war. Following Maria’s death in 1842, he married Martha Chardavoyne. Although he never became a resident, Dr. Shackelford maintained close ties to friends and former military comrades living in Texas. His notes about Col. Fannin and the events of Coleto and Goliad remain important accounts. In 1858, Shackelford County was established and named in honor of the contributions and sacrifices he made for the Texas Cause.
 
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16347.)
 
Location. 32° 43.387′ N, 99° 17.794′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of S. 2nd Street (State Highway 6) and S. Main Street (U.S. 283), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located near the north entrance to the Shackelford County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 S. Main St, Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shackelford County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Colonel William Edwin Dyess (within shouting distance of this marker); Rear Admiral Emory Arden Grantham
Shackelford County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
3. Shackelford County Courthouse
Marker is near the north entrance to the courthouse
(within shouting distance of this marker); James Robert Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (within shouting distance of this marker); Shackelford County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rev. John Brown, Clara Barton and the 1886-1887 Drought Relief (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jack Shackelford. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on July 17, 2015.) 

2. Captain Jack Shackelford’s Account of the Massacre at Goliad. (Submitted on July 17, 2015.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar of 1812War, Texas Independence
 
Shackelford County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
4. Shackelford County Courthouse
Marker is at the far left in the northwest corner of the courthouse grounds
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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