Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Dr. Jack Shackelford
(March 20, 1790 - January 22, 1857)
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
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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 Persons • War of 1812 • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on July 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 4. submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.