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HISTORY OF THE 19th TEXAS INFANTRY
The 19th Texas Infantry was organized on May 13,1862 and mustered into Confederate Service at Jefferson, Texas under the command of Colonel Richard Waterhouse. The volunteers who joined the regiment came from Henderson, Jefferson, Marion, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine and Titus Counties. The Nineteenth Texas Infantry was assigned to the Third Brigade of Walker's Texas Division.
Some of the officers of the 19th Texas Infantry are Lieutenant Colonel E.W Taylor, Major, W.L. Crawford, Assistant Surgeon J.E. Kirley, Quartermaster A.C. Smithe and Adjutant, J.B. Jones.
The Regiment participated in the campaign to relieve Vicksburg, Mississippi, by attacking the Federal line of supply on the west side of the Mississippi River. This campaign included attacks on Federal supply depots at Milliken's Bend and Perkin's Landing. The battle at Milliken's Bend was the Regiment's first major engagement on June 7, 1863.
In the fall of 1863, the Nineteenth Texas participated in the Bayou Teche Campaign, which prevented a Federal invasion of Eastern Texas, the Red River Campaign, in the Spring of 1864, against General Nathaniel P. Banks and the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, which prevented Banks' capture of Shreveport, and once again thwarted a planned invasion of Texas.
The Nineteenth Texas Infantry marched to Arkansas to counter General Steele's expedition aimed at Shreveport.
The Regiment fought it's last major engagement at Jenkin's Ferry, north of Camden, Arkansas on April 30, 1864, During the battle, the Third Brigade Commander, General Richard Scurry was mortally wounded.
The regiment was surrendered at Galveston, Texas on June 2, 1865.
The Authors of this book - Colonel Gary Canada and Dr. Edward DeVries are both direct descendants of officers who served in the 19th Texas Infantry and have written this book in honor and tribute to their noble grandfathers.
This is the ONLY known regimental history of the 19th Texas Infantry.