The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster
Volunteer military company organized at Courtland 1835 to aid Texas in struggle for independence.
Commanded by Dr. Jack Shackelford, local physician, company derived its name from color of home spun uniforms, made by citizens of Courtland.
In first battle Rovers were assigned to regiment cut off, captured at Coleta, March 20, 1836. Surrendered on promise of return to U.S.
On March 27, company and others, 365 men, executed at Goliad by order of Gen. Santa Anna. Shackelford and seven other Rovers spared. He later escaped and returned to Courtland. Goliad incident, plus Alamo, rallied U. S. support and guaranteed freedom for Texas.
*Capt. J. Shackelford *Lt. Wm. C. Francis Sgt. F. G. Shackelford Sgt. A. J. Foley *Sgt. J. D. Hamilton Sgt. J. D. Hamilton Sgt. C. M. Short Cpl. J. H. Barkley Cpl. H. H. Bentley Cpl. David Moore Cpl. Andrew Winter Patrick H. Anderson John N. Barnhill Joseph Blackwell *George W. Brooks *L. M. Brooks T. E. Burbridge F. T. Burt J. W. Cain Thomas Cantwell Seth
*Escaped at execution, on patrol, or on leave when unit captured.
Erected 1964 by Alabama Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Texas Independence. A significant historical date for this entry is March 20, 1830.
Location. 34° 39.981′ N, 87° 18.651′ W. Marker is in Courtland, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is on Alabama Street. This side of marker facing Courtland Square Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 258 Alabama St, Courtland AL 35618, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courtland's Early Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Roads / One of the South's First Railroads 1832 (within shouting distance of this marker); American Legion - Post 58
Also see . . . Joseph Wheeler Plantation. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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