Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
General John W. Whitfield
Home County of Texas Confederate
Missouri 1853. Indian agent Kansas
Territory. Kansas representative U.S.
Congress 1854-57. Moved Texas before
Civil War. Organized Lavaca County
company for C.S.A. 1861. Led 4th
Battalion Texas Cavalry Pea Ridge, Ark.
Wounded battle Iuka, Miss. leading
legion. Made Brigadier General 1863.
Left command due to ill health, Fall
1863. Lavaca County delegate to Texas
Constitutional Conventions, 1866, 1875.
A memorial to Texans
who served the Confederacy
Originated with Cavalry company
organized by Capt. J. W. Whitfield in
Lavaca County 1861. Joined C.S.A. troops
in Missouri to put Missouri, Kansas in
Confederacy. Became part 4th Battalion
Texas Cavalry participating Battle Pea
Ridge, Ark. Mar. 1862. Organized as 27th
Texas Cavalry Regt., commonly called
"Whitfield's Legion", Apr. 1862. Soon
dismounted, sent to reinforce Gen.
Beauregard at Corinth, Miss. Rendered
1862 with 106 killed and wounded in
successful charge against artillery
battery. Protected retreating C.S.A.
Army at Hatchie River. Fought Battle
Spring Hill, Miss. March 1863. Remounted
and made part 2nd Cavalry Brigade
commanded by Gen. Whitfield. Defeated
Federals in attack at Messinger's
Ferry, Miss. July 1863. Upon Gen.
Whitfield's retirement Gen. "Sul" Ross
assumed command and brigade gained
renown as Ross Texas Brigade.
Erected 1964 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 2135.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 29° 26.532′ N, 96° 56.256′ W. Marker is in Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is on South Dowling Street north of Edna Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in Hallettsville Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 316 South Dowling Street, Hallettsville TX 77964, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Settlers Killed by the Indians Comanches and Tonkahues (here, next to this marker); Arthur Pendleton Bagby (here, next to this marker); Stephen Tucker Foley (here, next to this marker); Paul ScarboroughCaptain Leiper Willoughby (here, next to this marker); Joseph Kent (here, next to this marker); Hallettsville (a few steps from this marker); John Wilkins Whitfield (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hallettsville.
Also see . . .
1. Whitfield, John Wilkins - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on April 18, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.)
2. Whitfield's Legion - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on April 18, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.