(Front Inscription):Texasremembers the valor and devotion of her sons who served at Bentonville March 19-21, 1865
The eighth Texas cavalry was engaged with the left wing of Sherman's Union army on the eve of the Battle of Bentonville. During the battle on March 21, the eighth Texas again performed valuable service in the Confederate attack on Union General Mower's Division of the Seventeenth Army Corps. Lieutenant-General William J. Hardee commanding a corps in the battle, ordered about 80 men of the eighth Texas commanded by Captain "Doc" Matthews, a mere boy, to oppose Mower's advance the Texans attacked in conjunction with other cavalry commanded by General Wheeler and Lieutenant-General Wade Hampton and Cumming's Georgia Brigade. Young "Willie" Hardee, General Hardee's only son, charged with the eighth Texas and was killed. Under heavy Confederate pressure, Mower soon withdrew his division to its original position. During the Confederate retreat from Bentonville the eighth and eleventh Texas cavalry played a prominent role.
(See Other Side)
In opposing the Union pursuit from Mill Creek Bridge until the pursuers withdrew at Hannah's Creek, the Texans were surrendered with the remnants of the Army of Tennessee at Greensboro, North Carolina in May 1865.
Texas units at Bentonville
6th ? ? 7th ? ? 10th ? ? and ? 15th ? Texas Infantry
17th ? ? 18th ? ? 24th ? ? and ? 25th ? Dismounted
Cavalry ? ? 8th ? 11th ? Texas Cavalry
A memorial to Texans
who served the Confederacy
Erected by the State of Texas ? ? 1964