Independence in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Mustering of a Unit of Hood's Texas Brigade, C.S.A.
Co. I Fifth Texas Infantry Regt., Army of Northern Virginia, was raised here Aug. 1861, as "The Texas Aides" by Capt. J.B. Robertson.
Unit fought in many battles of Civil War - Gaines Mill, Second Manassas, Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and the Wilderness.
Robertson became Brigadier General and succeeded Hood as commander Oct. 1862. Replaced by Brigadier General John Gregg, Jan. 1864. Col. R.M. Powell later held post until end of the war.
The Brigade surrendered at Appomattox, April 12, 1865, with 12% enlistees surviving. "Defeat could not dim their record."
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8350.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 19.195′ N, 96° 20.687′ W. Marker is in Independence, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of La Bahia Trail (Farm to Market Road 390) and McKnight Road, on the right when traveling west on La Bahia Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Site of Independence School (here, next to this marker); Independence Postal Service (here, next to this marker); Independence (here, next to this marker); Margaret Moffette Lea Houston (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Houston-Lea Family Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Old Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Home Built in 1845 by General Jerome B. Robertson (approx. ¼ mile away); Liberty Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Also see . . . Hood's Texas Brigade. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on September 27, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.