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Courtland in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster

 
 
The Red Rovers Marker (refurbished) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 6, 2022
1. The Red Rovers Marker (refurbished)
Inscription.  
The Red Rovers

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.

Red Rovers Roster

*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
Red Rovers Roster Marker (refurbished) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, February 6, 2022
2. Red Rovers Roster Marker (refurbished)
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Clark • John G. Coe • *D. Cooper • Harvey Cox • R. T. Davidson • George L. Davis • H. C. Day • A. Dickson • Alfred Dorsey • H. L. Douglas • W. C. Douglas • James E. Ellis • Samuel Farley • *Joseph Fenner • Robert Fenner • J. G. Ferguson • E. B. Franklin • D. Gamble • M. C. Garner • J. E. Grimes • William Gunter • William Hemphill • John Hyser • John Jackson • John N. Jackson • H. W. Jones • Charles McKinley • John H. Miller • D. A. Murdock • William Quinn • W. F. Saavage • J. N. Seaton • W. S. Shackelford • *Wilson Simpson • B. Strunk • James Vaughan • Wm. E. Vaughan • James S. Wilder • Robert W. Wilson

*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

The Square Park in Courtland Al image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, August 23, 2009
3. The Square Park in Courtland Al
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Cotton Kingdom (within shouting distance of this marker); The African ~ American Experience (within shouting distance of this marker); The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Harris-Simpson Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Courtland Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
 
Also see . . .  Joseph Wheeler Plantation. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 29, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Grave site of Dr. Jack Shackelford in Courtland Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, August 23, 2020
4. Grave site of Dr. Jack Shackelford in Courtland Cemetery
Grave site of Dr. Jack Shackelford in Courtland Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, August 23, 2020
5. Grave site of Dr. Jack Shackelford in Courtland Cemetery
Plaque reads: In memory of The Red Rovers and Dr. Jack Shackelford (The Captain) Presented by The Alabama Society of the Order of the Mexican War (1846-1848) July 4, 1972 Mrs. Daniel Thompson Webster, organizer Mrs. D. C. Batson Mrs. James C. Bonner Mrs. Georges Bridges Mrs. Farris H. Craig Mrs. T.E. French Mrs. A.M. Grimsley Mrs. Fred L. Harris, Jr. Mrs. T.L. Holt Mrs. Hartwell Holt Mrs. W.F. Plant Mrs. Murray White, Sr.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 2,567 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 8, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on March 24, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 4, 2022