General John W. Whitfield

General John W. Whitfield (HM2FWI)

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N 29° 26.532', W 96° 56.256'

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Home County of Texas Confederate

Born Tennessee. Legislator. Went to
Missouri 1853. Indian agent Kansas
Territory. Kansas representative U.S.
Congress 1854-57. Moved Texas before
Civil War. Organized Lavaca County
company for C.S.A. 1861. Led 4th
Battalion Texas Cavalry Pea Ridge, Ark.
Wounded battle Iuka, Miss. leading
legion. Made Brigadier General 1863.
Left command due to ill health, Fall
1863. Lavaca County delegate to Texas
Constitutional Conventions, 1866, 1875.

A memorial to Texans
who served the Confederacy

Whitfield's Legion

Originated with Cavalry company
organized by Capt. J. W. Whitfield in
Lavaca County 1861. Joined C.S.A. troops
in Missouri to put Missouri, Kansas in
Confederacy. Became part 4th Battalion
Texas Cavalry participating Battle Pea
Ridge, Ark. Mar. 1862. Organized as 27th
Texas Cavalry Regt., commonly called
"Whitfield's Legion", Apr. 1862. Soon
dismounted, sent to reinforce Gen.
Beauregard at Corinth, Miss. Rendered
valorous service at Battle Iuka, Sept.
1862 with 106 killed and wounded in
successful charge against artillery
battery. Protected retreating C.S.A.
Army at Hatchie River. Fought

Spring Hill, Miss. March 1863. Remounted
and made part 2nd Cavalry Brigade
commanded by Gen. Whitfield. Defeated
Federals in attack at Messinger's
Ferry, Miss. July 1863. Upon Gen.
Whitfield's retirement Gen. "Sul" Ross
assumed command and brigade gained
renown as Ross Texas Brigade.
Year Placed1964
Placed ByThe State of Texas
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Date Added Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 700039 N 3258749
Decimal Degrees29.44220000, -96.93760000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 26.532', W 96° 56.256'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 26' 31.92" N, 96° 56' 15.36" W
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