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Old November 10th, 2012, 02:49 PM   #1

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Hood's Texas Brigade in the Civil War

Hood's Texas Brigade in the Civil War by Edward B. Williams
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The last men in the ragged gray line to emerge from the chilly morning mists and stack arms one final time were from Texas. They were all that was left of the once-proud Army of Northern Virginia's Texas Brigade, men Robert E. Lee said he had come to rely on "in all tight places." Made up of the 1st, 4th and 5th Texas Infantry and augmented first by the 18th Georgia and later by the 3rd Arkansas, they fought in every major engagement in the East, from the Virginia Peninsula to Petersburg, missing only Chancellorsville. They also went west with James Longstreet's Corps and fought at Chickamauga and Knoxville. Now only 617 were left to surrender on April 12, 1865. Edward B. Williams, an independent military historian, has chronicled the exploits of this valiant fighting unit from its formation to its surrender and beyond in almost mind-numbing detail. Indeed, information about the brigade abounds, primarily manuscripts, diaries, personal papers and letters collected at Hill College's Confederate Research Center in Hillsboro, Texas, and Williams seems to have read them all.
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