Confederate Era

Back to Comancheria Forts

Twenty-five thousand Texans volunteered to fight for the Confederacy by the end of 1861. Two-thirds of them were cavalry; as a British observer noted, "No Texan walks a yard if he can help it." The first order of business was protecting the Comanche frontier. Relatively few of the volunteers were dispatched to eastern battlefields early in the war.


Map from the book, Blood & Treasure, by Donald S. Frazier

Texans' visions of empire surrendered at Statehood were reawakened with Secession. Confederate General George C. Sibley authorized John R. Baylor to lead an army of Texans west in the spring of 1861 and establish Confederate Arizona, in an attempt to bring the rest of the west into the Confederacy. Unfortunately, like previous Texas-based western expeditions (Mier, Santa Fe and Snively,) the Sibley Expedition suffered a bitter defeat in New Mexico. Baylor, temporarily stripped of his rank for ordering the extermination of Apaches, regained his reputation for his heroism in the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863. He never gave up his dream of a Pacific Texas empire.

Map of Frontier Line of Defense
Texas Historical Commission
Picture of John R. Baylor
Photo Courtesy of the Texas Collection/Baylor University
John Robert Baylor, kin to several famous Baylors, had a life marked by conflict during the 19th century in Texas and the Indian Territories. Military man, rancher found his way into many fights.
Texas Soldiers in the Civil War Eastern Battlefields

Texans' Service in the Civil War
Map from the book, Texas Flags, by Robert Maberry, Jr.
Border Defense, 1861-1862, Texas Mounted Rifles
Border Defense, 1863-1865, Frontier Regiment/Organization
Civil War Austin
Civil War Houston
Civil War Sites in Texas
Civil War in Texas Web Site
Coastal Texas
Loftin's Fort Cureton
Sibley Expedition
 
Map of Texas in the Civil War
Texas Historical Commission
Texas Civil War Museum

The following story is from the book, Gone to Texas, by Randolph B. Campbell.

Texas Soldiers in the Civil War Eastern Battlefields Story

Texas Soldiers in the Civil War Eastern Battlefields Story

Texas Soldiers in the Civil War Eastern Battlefields Story

Texas Soldiers in the Civil War Eastern Battlefields Story

Texas Soldiers in the Civil War Eastern Battlefields Story

1861 Counties on the Sabine

From the book, Texas, The Dark Corner of the Confederacy, by B.P. Gallaway:

1861 Counties on the Sabine

1861 Counties on the Sabine

1861 Counties on the Sabine

Yankee Impression of 1860's Texas

Yankee Impression of 1860's Texas

Yankee Impression of 1860's Texas

Yankee Impression of 1860's Texas

Yankee Impression of 1860's Texas

Yankee Impression of 1860's Texas


Home | Table of Contents | Forts | Road Trip Maps | Blood Trail Maps | Links | PX and Library | Contact Us | Mail Bag | Search | Intro | Upcoming Events | Reader's Road Trips

Fort Tour Systems, Inc.
817.377.3678
Email: rick@forttours.com