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 HUNT COUNTY TEXAS VOLUNTEERS

 

 

COMPANY "H"

7/31/1999 by R. Scott Gartin

The following writings summarize and present military and personal records, as are available of men who served in Company H of the 11th Texas Cavalry and its predecessor in Texas State service. Individual soldier information, contained in this chapter, is shown at the highest rank obtained in the service of the South in this Company.  Officers are listed in chronological order.  The remaining troops are listed alphabetically within in the appropriate section for rank. 

This company originated in the town of Greenville in Hunt County Texas.  The Chief Justice of Hunt County, James G. Stevens, administered the oath for persons entering the Confederate States Army to the troops on June 12, 1861.  Stevens had received authority to muster a company of Infantry from Colonel William C. Young.

The men volunteered to serve in the Texas State Army for twelve months unless discharged, in Colonel Young’s Regiment.  They served first under Captain Marcus H. Causler as Infantry until July 25, 1861.  On that date they were mounted and converted to being a Cavalry unit as most Texans preferred to ride horses.

There was a shake up in this Company when Captain Causler and 1st Lieutenant William McBride resigned on August 24, 1861.  You can see this was a fairly loose organization since the 2nd Sergeant, 1st Corporal and 3rd Corporal also resigned.  The Sergeant and 3rd Corporal became privates, but the 1st Corporal hired a substitute.  There were many substitutions made in the State organization, where even privates hired men to fill their positions.

No reason for Captain Causler’s or the other’s resignations have been found to date. Private Charles H. Featherson was as Captain on August 24, 1861.  Orderly Sergeant Wilburn Fry was elected 1st Lieutenant.  The other resigned positions were filled by elections from the private ranks.

Captain Featherston wrote Muster Rolls showing Company “H” designation.  He Commanded this Company through its mustering into the Confederate States Army (CSA) on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, near Sherman, in Grayson County, Texas.  You may find it humorous to note that on the State Muster Rolls when Featherston or Young wrote of their Infantry service it is written: “infantry”.  However, once mounted they were Cavalry, with a capital C.

The men were mustered into what Colonel Young thought was the 3rd Texas Cavalry.  The Mustering Officer was Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry.  The reason for the men thinking they were part of the 3rd Texas Cavalry is not readily apparent from the records.  The 3rd Texas Cavalry was already filled up under the command of Colonel Elkanah Greer.  So by 1862 the regiment was designated the 11th Texas Cavalry.

After October 2, 1861, one soldier enlisted in Lamar County and one in Denton County, Texas.  Three soldiers enlisted in Arkansas, including one at Camp Lubbock and two in Washington County.  One gave residence as Wythe County, Virginia at the time of his release from Military Prison in 1865.

Featherston was appointed as Captain in the Confederate unit.  He served as such, enlisting other volunteers in Hunt County in January of 1862.  Captain Featherston commanded Company H through battles at Chustenahlah, I.T., Elkhorn, Arkansas, crossing the Mississippi at Memphis in late April of 1864 and at the Siege of Corinth, Mississippi thereafter. 

The 11th Texas was later reorganized and on May 8, 1862, when Carter T. Downing was elected in Feartherston’s place.  Downing had been a 2nd Lieutenant from the first in Texas State service.  He was the 3rd Lieutenant of the first Confederate organization of the Company.  Captain Downing was generally in command of Company H through as long as the surviving Confederate records show.  In November of 1864 he was on detached duty in charge of dismounted troops in Thomas Harrison’s Brigade.

TEXAS STATE MUSTER ROLLS AND REPORTS

Below find Texas State Muster Roll summaries.  Text contained within quotation marks is taken verbatim from the rolls.  Any bracketed text is added within the quotations, is by the writer for clarification. 

1. First State Muster Roll, June 12, 1861
At top: “Muster Roll of Captain M. H. Causler’s Company Mustered into the Service of the State of Texas at Greenville, Hunt County, Texas on the 12th day of June AD 1861.”
At end: “State of Texas County of Hunt} I James G. Stevens Chief Justice in and for Hunt County State of Texas, do hereby certify that the above is a correct list of Captain M. H. Causler’s Company and that they were sworn into the service of the State of Texas by me on this the 12th day of June A.D. 1861 and that I received of Col. Wm. C. Young authority to muster said Company into the service.
In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal at Greenville this the 12th day of June AD 1861.” 
    [signed] J. G. Stevens
      Chief Justice, HC Tex.
 Troops: 4 Officers, 9 NCOs and 66 privates, 79 total
 

2. Second State Muster Roll, June 12, 1861: 
On Jacket: “Col. W. C. Youngs Command, M. H. Causler’s Co., Muster Roll”
At top: “Muster Roll of Capt. M. H. Causler’s Company of Infantry Mustered into the Service of the Confederate States of America by the undersigned Chief Justice of Hunt County Texas under the Call of Col. Wm. C. Young at the town of Greenville on the 12th day of June AD 1861.”
At end: “State of Texas County of Hunt} I, J. G. Stevens Chief Justice in and for Hunt County State of Texas, do hereby certify that by the hand of Col. Wm. C. Young I mustered into the service of the Confederate States of America for twelve months the persons whose names are above written and that I administered to the officers and privates of said Company Respectfully the oath required by Law of persons entering the Army of the Confederate States of America.
In testimony whereof I have hereinto set my hand and official Seal in Greenville this the 12th day of June AD 1861.” 
    [signed] J. G. Stevens
       Chief Justice, Hunt Co.,Texas
Troops: 4 Officers, 9 NCOs and 67 privates, 80 total.  Besides one private added and Corporal ranking order changed, same as First Muster Roll.

3. Third State Muster Roll, October 1861:
At top: “Muster Roll of Captain C. H. Featherstons Company of Mounted Vol. Mustered into the Service on the 12th of June 1861.”
At end: “Expenses incurred
  Corn Bought of
  David Phips  $10
  Mrs. R. Clemons $12.50
   T. B. Goff  $3.00
   J. D. Dumas  $22.50”

  “Explanation of Expenses
  J. A. Mabry to [for] hauling from Greenville to Camp Reeves Grayson County. 
Eight days, 5 dol per day  $40
John McNeal to [for] hauling
8 days @ $4 /day   $32
T. C. Butler to [for] hauling 
8 days @ $4 /day   $32
Wileben Fry + S Alen to [for] hauling from 
Greenville, Hunt County  $32
Company Hauling at Camp Reeves $62
  T. C. Butler to Camp
  Hauling    $16
  Groceries Bought of McHigh + T. Enoch 
at Greenvile   $233.00”

Troops: 4 officers, 10 NCOs, 72 privates, 86 total

4. Fourth State Muster Roll, October 2, 1861, hand written:
At top: “Muster Roll of Capt. C. H. Featherston, Company (H) of the Regiment of Texas State Army Colonel W. C. Young from the 12th day of June 1861 when mustered in to the Service to the 2nd day of October 1861.”
 Notes at end: 

“I hereby certify that the Company served as infantry from the 12th day of June until the 25th of July 1861 when they were ordered to mount as Cavalry.” 
[signed]  C. H. Featherston
           Capt.

“I Certify that the Roll of Company H that the observations made under the head of remarks are correct and the numbers of said Company were Enlisted and mustered into Service of the State of Texas as above set forth and they continued in the actual Service of the State until the 2nd day of October AD 1861 when they were mustered out of the service of the state and into that of the Confederate States.”
“Station Camp Reeves Texas } 
[signed] C. H. Featherston
Date October 2, 1861” }  Capt. Comp.H 
W. C. Young’s
Regt.

“Captain Featherston’s Company as shown by this Muster Roll was mustered in to the service of the State of Texas on the 12th day of June 1861 and served as infantry until on the 25th day of July when they were mounted and served as Cavalry until the second day of October 1861 when they were mustered out of the State Service and into the Service of the Confederate States.” 
 [signed]  Wm. C. Young
      Col. 3rd Regiment
      Texas Cavalry
Troops: Present + Absent, 4 Officers, 10 NCOs, 83 privates, 97 total
  Present, 4 Officers, 10 NCOs, 61 privates, 75 total

5. Fifth State Muster Roll, October 2, 1861, on a printed Army of the Confederate States of America Muster Roll form:
At top: “Muster Roll of Captain C. Featherston, Company H of the __ Texas State Army [“of the Confederate States of America” – crossed out], Colonel W. C. Young, from the 12th day of June 1861 when mustered into the Service to the second day of October 1861.”
Note Sheet 1: “I hereby Certify that the Company Served as infantry from the 12[th] day of June to the 25th day of July when they were ordered to mount as Cavalry.”
      [signed] C. H. Featherston, Capt.

Note Sheet 2: “Captain Featherston’s Company as shown by this roll was mustered into the Service of the State of Texas on the 12[th] day of June 1861 and served as infantry until the 25th day of July 1861 when they were mounted and served as Cavalry until the 2[nd] day of October 1861 when they were mustered out of the State Service into the Service of the Confederate States.” 
[signed]  W. C. Young
       Col. Comdg. Regt.
Station: Camp Reeves, 10-2-62
  Co. H, 3rd  Texas Cavalry

Inspections:
Discipline  - ordinary
Instruction  - ordinary
Military Appearance - ordinary
Arms   - ordinary
Accoutrements - ordinary
Clothing  - GOOD
    By W. C. Young, Col.
    -Inspector & Mustering Off.

Note: “I Certify that the Roll of Company H that the observations made under head remarks are correct and the members of said Company were enlisted and mustered into the Service of the State of Texas as above set forth and they continued in the actual service of the State until the Second day of October AD 1861 when they were mustered out of the Service of said State and into the that of the Confederate States.”
“Station Camp Reeve Texas } [signed] C. H. Featherston
Date Oct. 2, 1861”  }  Capt. Commanding
Company H 
W. C. Young’s Reg.
Texas Troops
 Troops Present: 4 Officers, 9 NCOs and 60 privates, 73 total

CONFEDERATE COMPANY MUSTER ROLLS AND RECORDS

There are records of 98 soldiers who served in this company in the Confederate States Army.  The numbers of troops present and absent upon mustering in, the Muster Rolls and a Morning Report are presented beneath any Record of Events reported by the commanding officer.  The numbers given for present and absent were obtained by researching the available records for individual soldiers and ascertaining whether they were present or absent for each of the times listed. 

1. October 2, 1861, mustering in to Confederate States service at Camp Reeves, Texas.
Troops:  76

2. October 2 to December 31, 1861 Muster Roll.
Station of Company: Camp Lubbock, Arkansas
Troops:  67 present, 74 present and absent.

3. August 31 to December 31, 1862 Muster Roll, dated January 13, 1863.
Station of Company: Shelbyville, Tennessee
Record of Events:  "Engaged in the battle of Richmond, Ky.  Marched to Covington, thence to Georgetown [Ky.], thence to Paris [Ky.], thence to Mt. Sterling [Ky.], thence to Frankfort [Ky.], thence to Cumberland Gap, thence to Loundon [Tn.] then thence to Murfreesboro [Tn.].  Engaged in the battle before Murfreesboro December 31, 1862." 
B. F. Hill, 1st Lieutenant, Commanding Company
Troops:  45 present, 69 present and absent.

4. December 31, 1862 to February 20, 1863 Muster Roll.
Station of Company:  Berlin, Tennessee
Incomplete troop count. 

5. December 31, 1862 to April 30, 1863 Muster Roll.
Station of Company: 
Record of Events:
Troops:  49 present, 57 present and absent.

5. June 30 to December 31, 1863 Muster Roll.
Station of Company:  Not stated
Record of Events:  "The Company has been active since the last Muster.  Participated in several Skirmishes on Gen. Bragg's retreat from Tullahoma, Tenn.  Participated in the battle of Chickamauga.  2 horses killed, one man wounded.

Was with Gen. Wheeler on his raid through middle Tenn. in Oct.  Took part in Skirmishes in cross[ing] the [Tennessee] River on the 1[st of] Oct.  Was in the fight at McMinnville and Waraberg, had one horse killed and one man wounded.  Was in the battle at Farmington.  Also participated in the fight at Marysville, Tenn. and in various skirmishes around Knoxville, Tenn. and various skirmishes since that time....losing 3 horses killed and 2 men and one Officer wounded.

The Co. at present is (in) poor condition for service in consequence of deficiency of clothing and blankets and barefooted horses. 
C. T. Downing, Capt., Co. H 11 Tex."
Troops:  40 present, 48 present and absent.

6. January 1 to February 29, 1864 Muster Roll.
Station of Company:  In the field
Record of Events:  "Since last muster the Co. has been in active service the greater portion of the time.  Participated in driving the enemy from Dandridge, Tenn. and on or about the 20(th) of Jan. was on front guard when the enemy made his last stand, 4 miles from Knoxville.  Was in a very severe skirmish with the enemy on the 25(th of) Jan., being entirely surrounded, when they cut their way out.  Since that time the Co. has been principally engaged in picketing, scouting, marching + c." 
C. T. Downing, Captain, Commanding Company.
Troops:  38 present, 46 present and absent.

8. November 6, 1864 Morning Report.
Station of Company: Near Blue Mountain, Alabama
Reports:  "Capt C T Downing Co. )H( absent on Detached Duty By order Col Thos Harrison in charge of Dismounted of Harrison's Brig since July 1st 1864."
Troops:  19 Horses, 21 present, 42 present and absent.  [The present included 4 privates on extra duty.  The absent included 6 on Detached Duty, 6 AWL, 3 AWOL and 6 sick.  One Commanding Officer was reported on Detached Duty (Downing) and one was AWL]

 ENGAGEMENTS (incomplete)

Records indicate that at least 4 soldiers from this Company participated in the Scout against the Creek Indians that culminated in what is called the battle of Chustenahlah on December 26, 1861.  One soldier was wounded in that battle.  One died at Fort Gibson in the Indian Territory.  Two more were sick at Fort Gibson at the time of the 1861 Muster Roll (December 31, 1861).  Another was performing duties as a Nurse at Fort Gibson during this time frame.
 
 

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS OF TROOPS
 
Captains
 

Marcus H. Causler Was the first Captain on Company H, starting as Infantry.  He commanded
   from June 12, 1861 until August 24, 1861.  He ended up a Captain of  Cavalry 
   since the foot soldiers were mounted with horses on July 25, 1861.  Captain 
   Causler resigned from the Texas State Service and was never again heard 
   from with this unit.

Charles H. Featherston   Was a Farmer from Hunt County, Texas.  He was born in Georgia and was 33 years old at the beginning of the war (Hale, 1990).

Volunteered as a private in Captain Causler’s Company of Infantry in the Texas State Service.  He mustered in at Greenville, Hunt County, Texas on June 12, 1861.  Private Featherston was elected Captain on August 24, 1861 after Captain Causler resigned.  Thus he was a Captain of the company of Cavalry troops.  His age is shown as 33 on the third State Muster Roll.  Featherston commanded this the State company until it mustered out of service on October 2, 1861.

Featherston mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was appointed Captain in original Confederate organization on October 2, 1861 and was present for 1861 Muster Roll.  The records of private J. H. Finley contain a letter Captain Featherston wrote from Camp Lubbock Arkansas on January 4, 1862.  He performed duties as an enlistment officer in Hunt County, Texas later in January of 1862.  On January 31, 1862, seventeen men were enlisted by Captain Featherston in that county.  He received a voucher for horse feed, transportation of baggage and shoeing 25 horses, in the field, on May 5, 1862 from T. W. Randolph, A.Q.M.  The voucher was approved and ordered paid by J. J. Diamond.  Featherston lost a re-election attempt and was dropped on May 8, 1862.

Carter T. Downing Served as 2nd, 2nd Lieutenant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas. His age is shown as 31 years old on the third State Muster Roll.  Downing is shown as 3rd Lieutenant on the last two State Muster Rolls.  He was present for duty the entire time of Texas State Service.

   Downing mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was appointed as 3rd Lieutenant in the original Confederate organization.  He was retained at that rank until the May of 1862 reorganization in Mississippi.

Downing was elected as Captain on May 8, 1862.  He received clothing for the Company on October 3, 1862 at Frankfort, Kentucky.  He was absent on sick furlough in Texas for 1862 Muster Roll and present for February 20, 1863 Muster Roll.  He received forage for 26 horses on March 9, 1863.  Received 11 horses at Unionville, Tennessee on April 5, 1863.  He was reported as "In arrest" for April 30, 1863 Muster Roll.  Downing received $60.00 pay on May 14, 1863 at Sparta, Tennessee.  He was paid $100 for horse killed in action a battle of Elkhorn (Pea Ridge), Arkansas (March 6, 1862) on August 15, 1863.  He was present for duty on last two muster rolls.  Appears on the final Field and Staff Muster Roll, signing as Commanding Regiment.  From July 1st to at least Novemeber 6th of 1864 he was on Detached Duty, in charge of Dismounted troops in Harrison's Brigade.  No further records.

 
 
1st Lieutenants
 

William McBride Served as 1st Lieutenant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  McBride resigned on August 24, 1861.  A copy of his resignation has not been found, so no reason is known.  However, it is coincident with Captain Causler’s resignation.

Wilbourn Fry   Served as Orderly Sergeant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  Fry was elected 1st Lieutenant on August 24, 1861 to fill the vacancy caused by William McBride’s resignation.  Fry is shown as 45 years old on the third State Muster Roll.  He was present for all of the State Muster Rolls.

   Fry mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He received Confederate commission to 1st Lieutenant rank on October 2, 1861.  He was dropped in the 1862 reorganization.

Ben F. Hill      Volunteered for the Texas State Infantry Company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in that organization.  His age is shown as 25 years on the third State Muster Roll.  Was present for all State Muster Rolls as a private.

   Hill mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Mustered in to Confederate service as a private in the original organization.  He was present in ranks for the 1861 Muster Roll.

Hill was elected as 1st Lieutenant with the May 8, 1862 reorganization.  He signed the 1862 Muster Roll as Commanding Company.  Captain Downing was absent, on sick furlough.  He received clothing for the Company, in the field, on January 3, 1863.  On January 29, 1863 he received forage for 9 horses.  He received 8 horses at Liberty, Tennessee on May 24, 1863.  On July 30, 1863 he received cooking utensils at Camp Beech Creek, near Rome, Georgia.  The next day he wrote the following letter:

Near Rome, Georgia
July 31st, 1863
Gen,
I hereby tender to you my unconditional resignation as First Lieutenant of Company "H", 11th Texas Cav. in John A. Wharton's Cav. Div., Wheeler's Corps for the following reasons.  viz

First:  I hold the position in a Company which is unitedly opposed to me, and I am satisfied that while this state of affairs exists, instead of being a benefit to said Company, I will be an injury.

Secondly:  I frankly confess that I am incapable of acting in the capacity of an officer because of being totally disaquainted with military duties as regards Cav. Drill.

Third:  Having many friends and acquaintances in Co. "A", 15th [34th] Texas Dismounted Cav., in Ector's Brigade, McCown's Division, I would ask to be transferred to the same.

Respectfully Yours +
To        B. F. Hill, 1st Lt.
S. Cooper      Co. "H", 11th Texas Cav.
A. +  I. Gen.        Wharton's Div., Wheeler's
Richmond,      Corps
Va.

On August 2, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel Bounds, Commanding the Regiment, approved the resignation.  Colonel Thomas Harrison, Brigade Commander, at first disapproved the resignation.  Then approved it on the condition that "the applicant will join the ranks of his own Regt."  On August 14th the Division Commander, Brigadier General Wharton, approved the resignation, stating: "this officer is incapable of performing his necessary duties."   On August 15th Major General Wheeler wrote: "Though this resignation has not the necessary certificate, I would respectfully recommend that the resignation be accepted in order to end the service of an in-competent officer."  The resignation was sent to the Headquarters of the Department of Tennessee in Chattanooga on August 17, 1863.  B. F. Hill's resignation became effective on August 29, 1863.  His successor was 2nd Lieutenant E. K. Patrick.

E. K. Patrick  Volunteered for Captain Causler’s Company of Infantry at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas on June 12, 1861.  He was a private in that unit.  Substituted private James Bryan in his place on August 24, 1861 (per 3rd State Muster Roll).  The last two State Muster Rolls show that Patrick was an Ensign and had the Substitution on September 1, 1861.

   Patrick enlisted in Company H, 11th Texas Cavalry as a private on January 31, 1862 in Hunt County, Texas by Captain Featherston.  Private Patrick was elected as 2nd Lieutenant on May 8, 1862.  He was on detached service in Texas for the 1862 Muster Roll.  He was present with company in Tennessee by early 1863.  On August 29, 1863 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.  However, he is still shown as 2nd Lieutenant on the December 31, 1863 Muster Roll, present or absent not stated.

Patrick is reported present as 1st Lieutenant for the final Muster Roll.  He was reported dropped as 1st Lieutenant on January 30, 1865 by Special Order 24/5 from the Adjutant and Inspector General, C.S.A.  A copy of the Special Order is not included in the file.

 
 
2nd and 3rd Lieutenants

 

 

Wilson Hefner  Served as 2nd Lieutenant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  His age is shown as 40 years old on the third State Muster Roll.  He was present for all of the State Muster Rolls.

   Hefner mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on October 2, 1861 in the original Confederate organization of this Company.  He was dropped in 1862.

Felix W. Massey  Enlisted as a private on January 31, 1862 in Hunt County, Texas by Captain Featherston.  His horse killed at battle of Elkhorn on March 6, 1862. 

Massey was appointed as 2nd Lieutenant in 1862.  However, he did not report for duty and remained a private.

He was paid back for loss of horse on August 15, 1863 at which time Lieutenant B. F. Hill signed as company commander.  He was present in ranks through final Muster Roll. 

Private Massey later deserted and took oath of allegiance on August 16, 1864 in Nashville and again on August 29, 1864 in Louisville.  Released on grounds that he stay north of the Ohio River during the rest of the war.

Edward Weeden  Served as 4th Sergeant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  His age is shown as 21 years on the third State Muster Roll. Weeden served as 4th Sergeant for the full term of Texas State Service. 

   Weeden mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  On CSA records his last name also listed as Weedon.  He was 4th Sergeant in original Confederate organization. 

Sergeant Weeden was promoted to 3rd Lieutenant in 1862.  He was elected 2nd Lieutenant on July 27, 1862, but not promoted until over a year later.  Lieutenant Weedon received clothing requisitions on November 15, 1862 in Loundon, Tennessee and on December 22, 1862 in Readyville, Tennessee.  He received 3rd Lieutenant's pay ($90.00 per month) for October through December of 1862 on January 17, 1863 by Major W. B. Ector.

Weeden was officially promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on August 29, 1863.  He was present, as such, through final Muster Roll.  No further records.

 
Sergeants

 

 

John T. Butler  Mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He entered the Confederate service as a private.  He was present, as a private, through the 1862 Muster Roll.

Private Butler was promoted to 5th Sergeant in 1863 prior to the February 20th Muster Roll. He is shown at this rank through the April 30, 1863 Muster Roll.

In 1863, after the April 30th Muster Roll he was promoted to 4th Sergeant.  He was absent and sick, for December 1863 Muster Roll.  He is reported as absent and sick since November 15, 1863 on last Muster Roll.  No further records.

Tipton C. Denton  Served as 3rd Sergeant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He volunteered for Texas State Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  His age is shown as 30 years on the third State Muster Roll.  Denton was discharged on October 2, 1861 when he refused to be mustered into the CSA.  Thomas Weatherly replaced him. 

Stephen R. Ether  Volunteered for the Texas State Infantry Company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in that organization.  He was elected 1st Corporal on August 24, 1861 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Chafin.  He is shown as 19 years old on the third State Muster Roll.  He was present was 1st Corporal for the last two State Muster Roll.  Last name is shown as Etter on State Muster Rolls.

   He mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Ether was 1st Corporal in original Confederate organization.  He was present for the 1861 Muster Roll, at that rank.

Corporal Ether was promoted to 3rd Sergeant rank in 1862.  He is reported as absent, sick, at hospital at Rome, Georgia from October 1, 1863 through the time of the final Muster Roll.  He received requisition for private horse at hospital on November 1, 1863 from Captain J. M. Elliot, A.Q.M.  Surgeon F. C. B. Stevenson certified that he was a patient at the hospital on the requisition.  No further records.

Jesse Hughes  Volunteered for the Texas State Infantry Company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in that organization.  He is shown as 1st Sergeant and shown to be 37 years old on the third State Muster Roll.  Hughes was elected to filled the vacancy left by Orderly Sergeant Wilburn Fry’s election to the rank of 1st Lieutenant on August 24, 1861.  Hughes is shown present as Orderly Sergeant on the last two State Muster Rolls.

   Hughes mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Hughes was Orderly Sergeant in first Confederate organization and was present as such for the 1861 Muster Roll.

However, Hughes was demoted to private in 1862.  He was discharged for overage (41 years old) on December 18, 1862.  Discharge papers indicate that he was born in Pike County, Missouri and a Farmer prior to enlistment.  He was paid $196.90 in back pay and for travel back to Camp Reeves, Texas.  The discharge was signed by 2nd Lieutenant Weeden.

Jonathan Landis  A soldier shown on State Muster Rolls as Jonathan Landes volunteered for the Texas State Infantry Company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in that organization.  The third State Muster Roll shows him elected as 2nd Sergeant on August 24, 1861 to fill the vacancy of D. L. Mckey.  Landis is shown present as 2nd Sergeant on the last two State Muster Rolls.

   He mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Landis was 2nd Sergeant on first Confederate Muster Roll, which shows typical October 2, 1861 mustering in.  He was left sick in Kentucky in the Fall of 1862. 

Landis is reported as left sick in Kentucky in the Fall of 1862.  He is shown as a private on the 1862 Muster Roll.  Remarks on the April 30, 1863 Muster Roll read: "Deserted in Ky., Oct. 25, 1862".  No further records.

D. L. Mckey  The writer is not positive the following is correct due to inconsistencies in the State Muster Rolls. The first and second State Muster Roll shows L. B. Mackey at 2nd Sergeant.  The third State Muster Roll shows S. B. Mackey resigned as 2nd Sergeant and L. B. Mackey as a 19 year old private.  The last two State Muster Rolls shows 2nd Sergeant D. L. Mckey resigned.  The fourth State Muster Roll shows D. L. McKey as a private and also private L. B. Mackey.  Though they could possibly be the same soldier, they are shown separately.    Here it is assumed that D. L. McKey was the original 2nd Sergeant and private L. B. Mackey enlisted later.  See also L. B. Mackey in the Corporals section.

   Served as 2nd Sergeant in the original Texas State Infantry Company.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He resigned from the Sergeant position on July 20, 1861 and became a private. His age is shown as 19 years on the third State Muster Roll.  His name is also shown as Mackey.  Mackey was discharged from the State Cavalry for inability as a private on September 12, 1861.

Jacob Sam Moore  Enlisted as a private on January 31, 1862 in Hunt County, Texas by Captain Featherston.  He was absent, sick, at Bridgeport, Alabama from December to February 1862/63.  He was present for duty by April of 1863.

Private Moore was appointed as 1st Sergeant on August 25, 1863 and remained at that rank until the end of the conflict.  He was paroled at Morgantown, North Carolina on May 29, 1865 as part of Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate Army of Tennessee.  A Parole slip is included. 

Files also include a copy of a Statement of Service for J. Sam Moore, sent to the Texas Commissioner of Pensions in Austin, dated April 19, 1915.

William W. Watson Was a substitute for private G. G. Morris from August 24, 1861.  His age is shown as 20 years old on the third Texas State Muster Roll.  The last two State Muster Rolls show that Watson entered the State Service on September 1, 1861.

   Watson mustered into the Confederate States Service as a private with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was present in the ranks for the 1861 Muster Roll.

Watson as promoted to 4th Corporal with the 1862 reorganization.  He was present as 4th Corporal through the 1862 Muster Roll.  Watson's promotion to 3rd Corporal is shown on the February 20, 1863 Muster Roll.

Watson is shown as 4th Sergeant on the April 30, 1863 Muster Roll.   He was promoted to 2nd Sergeant, later in 1863 and was present, as such, for the last two muster rolls.  At the end of the war, he was paroled at Talledega, Alabama on June 24, 1865 by U.S. Brevet General Chrysler.

Thomas S. Weatherly A soldier with name appearing to be written as Thomas T. Weatherly volunteered for Captain Causler’s Company if Infantry at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas on June 12, 1861.  He was a private in that unit. Age is given as 27 years old on the third Texas State Muster Roll.  Weatherly was promoted to 3rd Sergeant on October 2, 1861 when T. C. Denton was discharged on that day.

Mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  On CSA records, the last name is also listed as Weatherby.  He was the 3rd Sergeant in first Confederate organization.  His horse killed at battle of Elkhorn, "Mo." (Arkansas).

Sergeant Weatherly was demoted to the list of privates in 1862.  He was paid $100 for his horse killed at the battle of Elkhorn on August 17, 1863 at Camp Beach Creek, Georgia.  The Invoice is signed by Lieutenant B. F. Hill, Commanding Company and Colonel G. R. Reeves, Commanding Regiment.  He was paid the $100 by Captain T. W. Randolph.  Private Weatherly was present through the time of the final Muster Roll.  No further records.

W. D. Wittee  A soldier shown as William D. Wittis  volunteered for Captain Causler’s Company if Infantry at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas on June 12, 1861.  He was a private in that unit.  He is shown present in the ranks for all State Muster Rolls for this Company.  Last name also written as Witte and Wittee on State Muster Rolls.

   Wittee mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was 2nd Corporal in original Confederate organization.  He was present, as such, for the 1861 Confederate Muster Roll.  Age is given as 20 years old on the third Texas State Muster Roll.

Corporal Wittee was promoted to 1st Sergeant in 1862.  He was wounded at the Battle of Murfreesboro and sent to Hospital.  The Casualty List gives his last name as Wilson.  He returned to duty, but deserted on August 10, 1863. 

Federal records state that he was captured at Shellmound, Alabama on September 1, 1863.  He took an oath and was sent to Louisville to be released, by order of General Rosecrans.  Gave oath to stay north of the Ohio River on September 23, 1863 at Louisville.  Residence list on oath is Hunt County, Texas.
 
Corporals

 

 

William C. Chaf(f)in Is shown as a 4th Corporal on the first Texas State Infantry Company Muster Roll.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.   On the second Texas State Muster Roll, Chafin is shown as a 1st Corporal.  He resigned on August 24, 1861 and became a private.  On September 1, 1861 private Robert R. Moore substituted in his place.

T. B. Downing  Is shown as a1st Corporal on the first Texas State Infantry Company Muster Roll.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.   On the remaining Texas State Muster Rolls, T. B Downing is shown as a 2nd Corporal.  His age is shown as 19 years old on the third State Muster Roll.  He refused to enter the CSA and was discharged on October 2, 1861.

James F. Earharte  Volunteered for the Texas State Infantry Company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in that organization. He is shown to be 32 years of age on the third State Muster Roll.  Last name spelled without the ending “e” on State Rolls.  Was present for all State Muster Rolls.

   Earharte mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He mustered in to Confederate Service as a private.  He was present for the 1861 Muster Roll, but absent, on furlough for 1862 Muster Roll.

Private Earharte returned to duty and was promoted to 2nd Corporal at some time between February 20th and April 30th of 1863.  He used private horse on remounting of the regiment and was present through the time of the final Muster Roll.  Sherman's Union troops captured him at Griswoldville, Georgia on January 22, 1865. 

He was sent to Hilton Head, South Carolina and shipped to Point Lookout, Maryland on February 1, 1865.  Earharte was released June 11, 1865 after taking an oath.  Residence given was Wythe County, Virginia.
 

Zachariah J. Fox  Volunteered for the Texas State Infantry Company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in that organization.  Elected 3rd Corporal to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of W. W. Jones.  Is shown again as a private on the last two State Muster Rolls.

   Fox mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.    He was present, on duty, for all Confederate Muster Rolls.  Entitled to extra pay for use and risk of horse after the remounting of the regiment.  No further records on file.

P. R. Green(e)  Entered the Texas State Service as a private on September 1, 1861.  His age is shown as 20 years.

   Green mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He started Confederate service as a private.  He was present for the 1861 Muster Roll but absent, on sick furlough in Texas, for the 1862 Muster Roll.

He was promoted to 1st Corporal after A. H. Hefner's demotion to 4th Corporal.  He was present at this rank through final Muster Roll.  Received pay for use and risk of horse 180 days is remarked on December 31, 1863 Muster Roll.  No further records.

A. H. Hefner  Enlisted January 31, 1862 in Hunt County, Texas by C. H. Featherston.  He is shown as 1st Corporal on the 1862 Muster Roll.  Hefner was demoted to 4th Corporal in 1863, prior to the April 30th Muster Roll. 

Corporal A. H. Hefner was demoted to private ranks later in 1863.  Private Hefner was present in ranks for the last two muster rolls.  No further records.

William W. Jones  Is shown as a 2nd Corporal on the first Texas State Infantry Company Muster Roll.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.   On the second Texas State Muster Roll, T. Jones is shown as a 3rd Corporal.  He resigned to private ranks.  No date of resignation was given.  Private Zachariah J. Fox was elected to replace him as 3rd Corporal.  He is shown as a 24 year old private on the third State Muster Roll.  No definite CSA records found. 

J. H. Lyday  Shown as enlisted March 6, 1862 in Washington County, Arkansas by J. J. Diamond on the 1862 and April 30, 1863 Muster Rolls.  The last two muster rolls show him enlisted on January 31, 1862 in Hunt County, Texas by Captain Featherston.  He is shown, present, as 2nd Corporal on the 1862 Muster Roll.

Corporal Lyday was demoted to private in 1863, prior to April 30th.  He is shown present on all muster rolls taken subsequent to his enlistment.

L. B. Mackey  Appears as a 19 year old private on the 3rd State Muster Roll.  Also shown present in ranks for the last two Muster Rolls.  The same name is listed at the rank of 2nd Sergeant on the 1st State Muster Roll, volunteering June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  However, it is assumed here that was D. L. McKey, so the place and date of enlistment of this soldier is uncertain.  See also records for Sergeant D. L. McKey.  The last State Muster Roll shows a T. B. Mackey replacing 3rd Corporal William W. Jones on October 2, 1861.  It is assumed here that is the same soldier.

   Mackey mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was absent, sick, from December of 1862 to February 20, 1863.  He was listed as “near Camp” (Shelbyville) on the February 20, 1863 Muster Roll.  He is shown present for duty on later muster rolls.  No further records.

Elisha Orr  Is shown as a 3rd Corporal on the first Texas State Infantry Company Muster Roll.  He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  On the remaining Texas State Muster Rolls he is shown present as a 4th Corporal.  His age is shown as 19 on the third State Muster Roll.

   Orr mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was the 4th Corporal in original Confederate organization.  He was present for the 1861 Muster Roll at that rank.

Corporal Orr was demoted to the private ranks in 1862.  He was on detached service as Blacksmith for the Regiment from February 1 to June 30, 1863 and then present for duty with the company through the time of the final Muster Roll.

Worthy D. Waters  Entered the Texas State Cavalry with this Company as D. W. Watters on September 20, 1861.  No age was recorded.  The last two State Muster Rolls show Waters entered the service on September 1, 1861.  He was elected as 2nd Corporal of the State Cavalry Company on October 2, 1861 after T. B. Downing refused to enter the CSA.

   Waters mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Name also shown with initials: D. W and W. D. in Confederate records.  Waters is shown present as a private on all Confederate muster rolls.

William L. Willhelm Entered the State Cavalry Service with this Company for one day on October 2, 1861 as a substitute for former 3rd Corporal William W. Jones.

   Mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Last name also listed as Wilhelm.  Mustered in to Confederate service as a private.  He was reported absent, at Fort Gibson, Indian Nation as nurse for sick on 1861 Muster Roll.

Willhelm was promoted to 3rd Corporal in 1862.  Unfortunately he was killed in the Battle of Murfreesboro on December 31, 1862.

James W. Williams The 3rd State Muster Roll shows that he entered the Texas Cavalry Service with this Company, as a private, on September 13, 1861.  No age was recorded.  However, the 4th State Muster Roll shows that he substituted for private N. C. Reynolds from September 1, 1861.

   Williams mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was 3rd Corporal in original Confederate organization and present for the 1861 Muster Roll.  No further records on file.

 Ensigns

James Adams  Volunteered for the Texas State Infantry company on June 12, 1861 at the town of Greenville in Hunt County, Texas.  He was a private in the Infantry organization.  He was the Ensign on State Cavalry Muster Rolls.  His age is shown as 35 on the third State Muster Roll.  Adams is shown as present for all State Muster Rolls.

   Adams mustered into the Confederate States Service with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  Last name also written as Adamas in Confederate records.  He was Ensign in the original Confederate organization.  On the first Muster Roll, he is reported as absent on furlough.

Ensign Adams was demoted to private on May 8, 1862.  He was present for the 1862 and February 20, 1863 Muster Rolls.  The April 30, 1863 Muster Roll shows him a absent at Wagon Camp near Sparta, Tennessee.  Private Adams was present for duty on last two muster rolls. 

James Bryan  The third State Muster roll shows Bryan as a substituted for, then private, E. K. Patrick on August 24, 1861 in the State Cavalry Service. He is shown to be 18 years of age on that Muster Roll.  The 4th State Muster Roll shows his last name appearing s Bazan.  On the last State Muster Roll his last name appears as Bryand.  The last two State Muster Rolls show him substituted for Patrick as an Ensign. He was discharged for inability on October 2, 1861.

Musicians

J. (or T.) L. Moss  Is shown as a Musician on the first four Texas State Company Muster Rolls, then as a private on the last one.   He mustered into the Texas Service on June 12, 1861 at Greenville in Hunt County, Texas. His age is shown as 37 on the third State Muster Roll.  Moss is shown present on all Texas State Muster Rolls for this Company. 
 

   J. L. Moss mustered into the Confederate States Service as a private with this Company on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, in Grayson County, Texas.  Major George W. Chilton of the 3rd Texas Cavalry was the Mustering Officer.  He was discharged and paid on April 15, 1862.  No Certificate of Discharge is on record.
 
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