Sherman in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Eleventh Texas Cavalry
In May 1861, a frontier unit was organized at Camp Reeves in Sherman. Drawing volunteers from Cooke, Grayson, Hopkins, Red River, Fannin, Collin, Titus and Bowie counties, the regiment began with nearly 900 men and officers. Initially led by the noted Col. William Cocke Young, the unit fought its first battles in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, securing the territory for the Confederacy. In October of that year, the unit was inducted into Confederate service as the 11th Texas Cavalry and joined with other forces in Arkansas.
Beginning in March 1862, at the Battle of Pea Ridge, or Elkhorn Tavern, the 11th Texas supported the Confederate Army. Following the battle, the unit became an infantry regiment, designated the 11th Texas Cavalry, Dismounted. For the remainder of the year, the troops were active in Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. In early 1863, the 11th Texas fought at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and shortly thereafter became a cavalry unit again. For the remainder of the war, the cavalry fought in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, participating in more than 100 battles and skirmishes. Notable engagements
One of the most active Texas Confederate units, the 11th Texas Cavalry served with distinction throughout the Civil War, continuing until the last major Confederate offensive had ended.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14456.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil.
Location. 33° 38.168′ N, 96° 36.572′ W. Marker is in Sherman, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is on Houston Street (State Highway 56) west of Travis Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is on the northeast grounds of the county courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Houston Street, Sherman TX 75090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ninth Texas Cavalry (here, next to this marker); Grayson County (here, next to this marker); The First Confederate Monument Erected in Texas (here, next to this marker); Home County of Conservationist Allison Mayfield (a few steps from this marker); Peter W. Grayson (a few steps from this marker); Gold Star Mothers (within shouting distance of this marker); President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County (within shouting distance of this marker); Japanese Model 92 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sherman.
Also see . . . Eleventh Texas Cavalry. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.