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Major James P. Douglas / Good-Douglas Texas Battery

 
 
Major James P. Douglas Marker - East Face image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 8, 2015
1. Major James P. Douglas Marker - East Face
Texas Civil War Centennial Marker
Inscription.
(east face)
School named for Texas Confederate
Major James P. Douglas
1836-1901

Born in South Carolina. Came to Texas 1848. Led 50 Tyler men, 1861, to join 50 in Dallas to form Good-Douglas Battery - only Texas artillery serving east of the Mississippi. At Chickamauga, Battery shoved its big guns to edge of Federal rifle pits. Gallantry of Douglas was praised. In 1865 he returned to editing Tyler "Reporter." Became a lawyer. Was in Texas Senate, 1876-80. Joined leadership of Tyler Tap Railway. Was president of Cotton Belt Railroad. Led in Tyler's fruit and vegetable growing, canning industry. Was an organizer and trustee of East Texas University, Tyler.

(west face)
Good-Douglas
Texas Battery

Marched out of Texas July 9, 1861, after much romantic fanfare in Dallas. Attached to the 3rd Texas Cavalry. Capt. J. J. Good of Dallas soon resigned. J.P. Douglas commanded 1862-65. Fought at Wilsonís Creek, Mo., Pea Ridge, Ark., Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold Gap, Kennesaw Mountain , Atlanta, Ga., Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and other battles. Captured Federal guns were the original equipment. Douglasí men became the most illustrious Texas Field Artillery Battery in war. They covered Confederate withdrawal
Major James P. Douglas Marker - West Face image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 8, 2015
2. Major James P. Douglas Marker - West Face
Texas Civil War Centennial Marker
under fire, Nashville, Dec. 1864, and their guns were captured. At siege of Mobile, March-April, 1865, Douglas Battery manned guns in the harbor fort. April 1865, field guns were issued to Douglas. These the men of the Douglas Battery laid down in honor as the war came to its end.
 
Erected 1965 by The State of Texas. (Marker Number 7721.)
 
Location. 32° 21.962′ N, 95° 17.699′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is at the intersection of North Carlyle Avenue and East Franklin Street, on the right when traveling north on North Carlyle Avenue. Click for map. Located in front of Douglas Elementary School, which is named for Douglas. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 N Carlyle Ave, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Bryan Marsh / Texas Civil War Manufacturing (approx. ĺ mile away); Goodman Home, 1857 (approx. ĺ mile away); Tyler Tap Railroad (approx. 0.8 miles away); Yarbrough Building (approx. one mile away); Smith County as a 19th Century Legal Center (approx. 1.1 miles away); 1881 Smith County Jail
Douglas Elementary School image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 8, 2015
3. Douglas Elementary School
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Henry Miller Morgan (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Henry Miller Morgan (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
 
More about this marker. The granite marker is deteriorating slightly and is difficult to read.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Post War Reunion of the Douglas Battery image. Click for full size.
By Unknown photographer, circa Circa 1885
4. Post War Reunion of the Douglas Battery
Maj. James P. Douglas is the short figure in the hat standing behind the breech of the gun. Courtesy of the Smith County Historical Society Archives Collection
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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