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Near Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Waul's Texas Legion Campsite

 
 
Waul's Texas Legion Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
1. Waul's Texas Legion Campsite Marker
Inscription.  In the spring of 1862 Thomas N. Waul (1813-1903) recruited men from Washington and the surrounding counties to form a legion for Confederate service. Composed of twelve infantry companies, six cavalry companies, and two artillery companies, the legion numbered some two thousand soldiers.

The organizational and training encampment of Waul's Texas Legion was located here along New Year's Creek. Waul was commissioned colonel of the legion on May 13, 1862, and the companies remained in camp here until August 18, when they departed for active duty.

Part of the legion served in Mississippi in 1862 and 1863. They participated in the defense of Vicksburg and surrendered there following the siege. Other units served in Arkansas and Louisiana. The legion was later reorganized and returned to Texas to serve at Galveston and along the Gulf Coast until the end of the war. Throughout the war, the legion performed notably in numerous battles, sieges and skirmishes.

After the Civil War Waul was elected a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1866 (Reconstruction Convention). He later practiced law in Galveston. He died on his
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farm in Hunt County in 1903.
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8403.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1846.
 
Location. 30° 14.579′ N, 96° 29.234′ W. Marker is near Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is on Waul's Legion Road (County Road 51) 2 miles west of State Highway 36, on the right when traveling west. 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 within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas Affleck (approx. one mile away); Glenblythe Plantation, Home of Thomas Affleck (approx. 2 miles away); La Bahia Road (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gideon Lincecum (approx. 2.6 miles away); Robert Starke Armistead (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of Mound Hill School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Site of Holly Oaks (approx. 3.9 miles away); Oak Rest Cemetery and Site of Prospect Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
 
Waul's Texas Legion Campsite Marker with bluebonnets image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Phillip Eubanks, circa April 1, 2010
2. Waul's Texas Legion Campsite Marker with bluebonnets
Honor to have the marker on my property. I had the stone base built in October 2009.
Waul's Texas Legion Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2010
3. Waul's Texas Legion Campsite Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 3,157 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   2. submitted on July 20, 2010, by phillip Eubanks of Katy, Texas.   3. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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