Milam sent soldiers to fight in Civil War

Joy Graham

I f you attended the event at Apache Pass Friday or Saturday, and saw the Civil War reenactment, you witnessed volunteers reenacting history that happened during the 1860s.

This was appropriate to the area, since Milam County’s Company D San Andres Light Horse Company 4th Calvary was organized at San Andres, Sept. 9, 1861.

Captains Charles M. Lesueur, Abner B. Parrott and Henry G. Carter commanded Company D, San Andres Light Horse Co., 4th Texas Calvary.

James E. Williams, a resident of Milam County, researched the Civil War history.

His research on Company D reveals that this company was organized at Cameron on July 15, 1861.

It mustered into Confederate service at Houston Aug. 29, 1861, and surrendered at Appomattox, VA, April 9, 1865. At that time it was commanded by Captains J. C. Rogers and John Smith.

Milam County supported the South with soldiers in the Confederate Companies of: Co. G. Milam Count y Grays, 5th Texas Infantry; Hood’s Brigade, Army of Northern VA; Co. D, San Andres Light Horse, 4th Texas Calvary; Co. E, Milam County Guards, 4th Infantr y; Co. F Calvary Regiment, 12th Texas Infantry.

The First Regiment, 27th Brigade Texas State Troops, included: Co. H, commissioned August 21, 1861, composed of men from the Cameron area; Co. I, Milam County Guards, 4th Texas Infantry, composed of men from Sandy Precinct in south Milam County; Co. J, organized March 29, 1862, composed of men from Br yant Station; Co. K, organized in November 1861, composed of men from San Gabriel area; Co. L, organized with men from the Yegua Creek area of southwest Milam County; Co. M, organized with men from eastern Milam County; Co. N, organized Aug. 21, 1868 with men from Three Mile Creek area; and Co. A, organized from Caddo, Northeast Milam County.

The 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Texas State Troops was organized March 16, 1864 of men that were formally in Capt. Robert Ashford’s Company Texas State Troops.

The Handbook of Texas Online reports that Texas Regiments fought in ever y major battle throughout the war with Texas furnishing 52 regiments of calvary, 23 regiments of infantry and 20 batteries of light artillery.

There were 140 men f rom Milam County who died while serving in this war, paying a high price for its fame.

The Civil War is well documented. It leaves hurtful memories from both sides, the North and the South.

However, once history is made, it doesn’t go away.

It becomes history from our past that tells the struggles that challenged America and its population during America’s growth.

Research: James Williams History of the Civil War, Milano, Texas; Handbook of Texas Online, Milam County Civil War 9-24-11.

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