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Company L, 1st Texas Infantry

Brig. Gen. Louis T. Wigfall

1TXFLAG1The 1st Texas Infantry was one of the core regiments in "Hood’s Texas Brigade", arguably the most celebrated infantry brigade in the Confederate Army.

The 1st Texas Infantry was recruited largely from East Texas in April 1861 after the opening shots of the War. The 1st Texas Infantry was the only regiment in the Confederate Army comprised of twelve companies rather than the normal ten. Each of these companies made their way piecemeal to Virginia in the spring and summer of 1861.

In the fall of 1861 the 1st Texas Infantry under the command of Colonel, Louis Trezevant Wigfall, was joined by the 4th and 5th Texas Infantry and the 3rd Arkansas Infantry at Dumfries, Va. The three regiments were brigaded together for the first time on November 13, 1861, and the Texas Brigade was born. Thus, the frontier Texans, who were admired as the best riders and riflemen in the army, began their almost matchless and unsurpassed march across the pages of history.

 The 1st Texas Infantry, nicknamed the "Ragged Old First," experienced its day of glory in the cornfield at Sharpsburg, Maryland on September 17, 1862, suffering 82% casualties - the highest of any regiment North or South during the war.

Upon surrender near Appomattox Court House on April 12, 1865 only 149 men of the 1st Texas Infantry Regiment remained to surrender their well-used enfields and bullet riddled flag to the Union troops.

To learn more about the 1st Texas Infantry or for membership information please contact:

Capt. Josey ‘Shiloh’ Spikes @ SWCWAInfo@SWCWA.com

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