Company C - 1

CAPTAIN REEVES' COMPANY "C"
6/6/1999          ……. by R. Scott Gartin
 
In the Service of the State of Texas, this company was contained in the 15th Brigade of Texas Militia.  They initially served as Infantry, but later became the First Regiment Texas Cavalry.  George R. Reeves, of Grayson County, was the first Captain of the company.  The men volunteered for duty on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Grayson County, Texas.  They marched to Fort Washita in the Indian Territories.
 
The Company was organized and “General” William C. Young mustered them into what he thought was Confederate States Service as Infantry on June 1, 1861.  However, they were really in the Texas Militia.  The Company then contained about 85 soldiers.  The men were stationed at  Fort Washita, Indian Territories along with the predecessors of Companies “E”, “G” and “I” during the summer of 1861.
 
On July 27, 1861 they were changed to Cavalry.  Around September 1, 1861, the men marched to Camp Reeves (on George R. Reeves’ land), near Sherman, Texas.  At total of 109 troops served in the Texas Militia Company C.  The troops we mounted and armed and mustered into Confederate States Service on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, Grayson County, Texas.
 
It appears that most of the Texans in this Company were from Grayson County.  However, several were from Collin, Cooke, Lamar, Hunt and other neighboring Counties.  Confederate records of residences and enlistment indicate that 13 men were from Grayson County and 4 men were from Lamar County in Texas.  Thirteen soldiers enlisted in Arkansas in early 1862. Two soldiers gave residence as Tennessee on Federal POW records.  One soldier is shown from Rolla, Missouri and another from Bunnstown, Virginia.  One soldier's records indicate he was born in Gallatin County, Illinois.
 
Each soldier is shown at the highest rank obtained in the service of the South in this Company.  Officers are listed in chronological order.  The remaining troops are listed alphabetically in the appropriate section.   Unless it is noted otherwise, the soldiers listed below enlisted and mustered into the service of the Confederate States Army (CSA) on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves, near Sherman, Grayson County Texas.  Service for the State of Texas is summarized, if available.
 
Texas State Muster Rolls and Reports
 
1. June 1, 1861 Muster Roll, 15th Brigade, Texas Militia (Commissioned September 4, 1861).  This Muster Roll is a list of 85 Officers and Men in the Company at the time.  Other text shown on the Roll is reiterated below.
 
“Gen. W. C. Young, The following is a list or roll of Officers and Men this day mustered into service for twelve months, unless sooner discharged, for the protection of our northern borders from [the] Louisiana line to the County of Montegue on Red River.  Called out volunteers by virtue of your Commission from the Governor of the State of Texas.”
 
“Gen. Wm. C. Young,
     I hereby Certify upon my honor that the above is a correct Roll of the officers and men of my company enrolled, elected and mustered into service by virtue of your Commission to me of date May the 9th AD 1861.  This the 1st day of June AD 1861. 
[signed] G. R. Reeves, Enrolling officer + Capt. Of Company.”
 
“I, William C. Young do hereby Certify that the foregoing is a correct Roll of the officers and men belonging to Capt. George R. Reeves Company and that they were duly mustered into Service of the Confederate States for 12 month on the 1st day of June AD 1861.
  [signed] W. C. Young, Commander”
 
85 soldiers listed
 
2. Muster Roll of Capt. G. R. Reeves Company - 1861  [probably dated October 2, 1861]
The horses of the 69 men who had them were valued at from $65 to $200, with up to $35 in Equipage.  Only men appear equipped with arms, pistols, guns and sabres.  The first men to join the unit did so at Sherman in Grayson County, Texas on May 26, 1861.  Men who joined in June, July and August, did so at Fort Washita in the Indian Territories.  In September and October, they joined at Camp Reeves. 
 
“I Certify on honor that the above is a correct Muster Roll of my Company and that the men were mustered as stated and that the endorsements made under the head of Remarks are correct and that all the men except those that is shown to have been discharged or deserted or refused to be mustered in the Confederate Service under the head of Remarks was mustered in to the Service of the Confederate States on the 2nd day of October 1861.
[signed] G. R. Reeves, Capt. Comdg. Co., Texas Volunteers”
 
A total of 109 State Volunteers are listed.  Two men refused to be mustered into the CSA, 3 had deserted, 1 was murdered, 3 were discharged and 1 was elected to a Field and Staff position, leaving 99 who mustered into the CSA from the Texas unit.
 
3. Muster Roll of Capt. G. R. Reeves Company 3rd Regiment Texas Volunteers Commanded by Col. Wm. C. Young from the 26th day of May 1861 to the 2nd day of October 1861.
 
This Roll has column headings for No., Rank, Name, age, when enlisted, where enlisted, number of horses, value of horses, when changed to Cavalry, length of time served as Infantry, length of time served as Cavalry and Remarks for each soldier.
 
“I, George R. Reeves, Captain of Company C of the 3rd Regiment of Texas Mounted Cavalry Commanded by Col. Wm. C. Young do certify upon honor that the above is a correct and complete Roll and exhibit of the men - officers in my Company that all of the facts stated under the different headings are correct.  That the members of said Company were mustered into the Service of the State of Texas at the times and places above stated and continued in actual service from the time of enlistment until the 2nd day of October AD 1861 when they were mustered into the Service of the Confederate States and mustered out of Texas Militia unit. 
 
[signed] G. R. Reeves, Capt. Comdg. Co., 3rd Reg. Texas Volunteers”
[signed] “Approved - Wm. C. Young, Col. 3rd Regt. Texas Cavalry”
 
A total of 109 State Volunteers are listed.  Four men refused to be mustered into the CSA, 3 had deserted, 1 was murdered, 3 were discharged and 1 was elected to a Field and Staff position, leaving 97 who mustered into the CSA from the Texas unit.  Two additional troops refused to mustered into the CSA on this Roll, compared to the previous Muster Roll.
 
3. Enlisted Men’s Pay Sheets, covering the period from May 26, 1861 to October 2, 1861.
 
“Capt. G. R. Reeves, We the Subscribers hereby acknowledge to have received of C. R. Johns, Comptroller of the State if Texas the sums set opposite our names respectively being the full of our pay and allowance for the period herein stated.”
 
Pay Rates were as follows:
1st Sergeant @ $20/month
Other Sergeants @ $17/month
 Corporals @ $13/month
 Privates in Infantry @ $11/month
 Privates in Cavalry @ $12/month
 Clothing Allowances for full period: $17.46
 Use of Horse (Cavalry period, 2 month 5 days): $26.40
 
A total of 93 men are listed including 4 Sergeants, 4 Corporals and 85 privates.  The sheets show one private was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 6 men discharged, 1 death and 3 desertions.  The deserters were not paid.  The rest, including the men shown as “Refused to Muster into CS” were paid.
 
 Confederate Muster Rolls and Reports
 
There are records for a total of 113 men who served in this company in the Confederate States Army.  Below are summaries at mustering in, Company Muster Rolls and one Morning Report listings.  The numbers given for present and absent were obtained by researching the available records for individual soldiers and ascertaining whether they were present or absent for each of the times listed. 
 
1. October 2, 1861, mustering in to Confederate States service at Camp Reeves, Texas.
Troops:  103 present.
 
2. October 2 to December 31, 1861 Muster Roll.
Station of Company:  Camp Lubbock, Arkansas
Troops:  73 present, 94 present and absent.
 
3. August 31 to December 31, 1862 Muster Roll.
Station of Company: Shelbyville, Tennessee
Record of Events:  "Engaged in Battle at Richmond, Ky.  Marched from Richmond, moving too thence to Parris, thence Harrodsberg, thence to Loundon, Tenn., thence to Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Engaged in Battle before Murfreesboro Dec. 31/62.  Marched from Murfreesboro to Shelbyville, Tenn. January 4/63 where we are now encamped."
Troops:  46 present, 79 present and absent.
 
4. December 31, 1862 to April 30, 1863 Muster Roll.
Station of Company:  Smithville, Tennessee
Record of Events:  "Engaged in Battle of Murfreesboro, Dec. 31, 1862.  Remounted January 24, 1863 and transfer'd to Gen. Wharton's Brigade.  Engaged in Skirmish near Unionville in March 1863.  Engaged in Skirmish at New Middleton in April 1863."
Troops:  61 present, 71 present and absent.
 
5. June 30 to December 31, 1863 Muster Roll. 
Station of Company: Panther Springs, Tennessee
Record of Events:  "Engaged in Battle of Chickamauga the 19th, 20, 21 of Sept. 1863.  Crossed the Tenn. River Sept. 30 with Gen. Wheeler on his raid through middle Tenn.  Engaged at the capture of McMinnville Nov. 14.  Charged the enemy at Marysville, Tenn. Nov. 17.  Engaged at the Siege of Knoxville 9 days.  Dec. 14 engaged the enemy near Ruttleledge, Tenn.  Dec. 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 + 30 engaged with the Enemy near Mossy Creek, Tenn.
Troops:  38 present, 61 present and absent.
 
6. January and February, 1864 Muster Roll.
Station of Company:  On Pigeon River
Troops:  31 present, 49 present and absent.
 
7. November 6, 1864 Morning Report.
Station of Company: Near Blue Mountain, [Alabama]
Record of Events:  1st Lieutenant R. C. Wiggs, absent on Surgeon’s Certificate since June 1864.
Troops:  13 Horses, 16 present, 32 present and absent.  [The present included 6 privates on extra duty.  The absent included 3 on Detached Duty, 6 AWL, 3 AWOL and 4 sick.]
 
 Engagements with Casualties (not completed)
 
In neutral lands of the Cherokee Nation, November 14, 1861.  Private D. N. McAddow was reported missing or lost and never heard from again.
 
Engagement at Chustenahlah, Cherokee Nation, December 26, 1861.  Records show that fourteen soldiers from this Company were on Scout in December of 1861.  This Scout included 1st Lieutenant W. N. Mayrant, Sergeant J. P. Stephen and 14 privates.   A detachment of these soldiers were involved with General McIntosh's expedition in the Creek Nation of the Indian Territory (Oates, 1961) which culminated in what is called the battle of Chustenahlah, against Union Indians.  The detachment from Company “C” joined with detachments from Companies “A” and “B” to make a total of 36 men which was lead by Captain J. D. Young.  This detachment was reported by Colonel W. C. Young to have killed 34 in the engagement (OR, Series I, Vol. 4) .  No casualties were reported from this Company in that action.
 
Battle of Elk Horn (Pea Ridge), Arkansas, March 7 of 1862.  Corporal H. Y. Massey had a horse killed.  Private S. Story was reported Missing.  Private B. H. Ragsdale was discharged due to a wound which had disabled him for 60 days or more as of June 24, 1862.  It is very possible that he received the wound in this battle.
 
Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, August 29 and 30, 1862 and the Kentucky Campaign.  Privates J. M. Covey and G. W. Jones were wounded.  Private J. M. Day and the two wounded were captured there on October 30, 1862 upon the retreat of the Army from Kentucky.  All were exchanged and returned to the Army.  However, private J. M. Covey has to be discharged due to the severity of the wound.  Private J. L. Saddler was also captured by U.S. troops in Kentucky during this time period.  He was also exchanged and returned to the Command.  Private J. M. Alexander was left in Barboursville, Kentucky on August 29, 1862 and capture by Union troops on September 4, 1862.
 
Battle in front of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, December 31, 1862 to January 3, 1863.  Privates J. N. Fain and William H. Johnson were killed and are now buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Murfreesboro.  Nine were wounded and later returned to duty including: Jr. 2nd Lieutenant R. P. Reeves, Orderly Sergeant I. Root, privates I. Blevens, W. Brown, R. W. Clements, A. J. Couch, G. W. Couch, F. M. Hanks and R. C. James.  Private H. P. Dugan was wounded severely and never returned to duty.  Privates A. J. Oglesby and L. B. Poits were captured and died in Federal prison.  Private A. C. Price was reported as Missing in Action.  He was captured by Union troops, later exchanged and returned to duty.
 
Engagement at Fort Donelson, Tennessee (Wheeler & Forrest), February 3, 1863.  Privates N. W. Terry and G. Sherwood reported as Missing in Action.  Both were captured by Union troops later in February near Hillsboro, Tennessee.
 
Skirmish near Unionville, Tennessee in March 1863.  Reported on Record of Events for the April 30, 1863 muster roll.
 
Skirmish at New Middleton in April 1863.  Reported on Record of Events for the April 30, 1863 muster roll.
 
July 1, 1863, Braggs Retreat from Tennessee.  Fourth Sergeant M. Summy was left sick and never heard from since.
 
July 20, 1863, Kentucky.  Privates J. Howell, R. C. James and M. Sexton were reported captured.  Federal POW records indicate, however, that private Sexton was captured August 9, 1863 at Grandville, Tennessee.
 
Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, September 19 to 21, 1863.  The Records of Events indicate that the Company was engaged in this battle.  The only possible casualty reported is private W. Moore, died September 20, 1863.
 
Larkinsville, Alabama, October 15 or 18, 1863 (end of Wheeler’s Raid through middle Tennessee).  Privates J. E. Cook, A. J. Harris and G. W. Howell were captured by U.S. troops.
 
Longstreet’s Siege of Knoxville, November 19, 1863.  Private J. M. Parrish was killed.
 
East Tennessee, December 24, 1863.  Private S. Davis was wounded in action.
 
Talbert’s Station, East Tennessee, January 12 or 15, 1864.  Privates J. B. Lynch and T. R. Saddler were captured.
 
Atlanta Campaign, Summer/Fall, 1864.  Private T. Willyard was wounded and taken to Hospital near Macon, Georgia on August 14, 1864.  Private J. L. Booker was captured near Rome, Georgia on October, 13, 1864.
 
 Summary of Final Confederate Records
 
Eight of this Company soldiers surrendered under the command of Lieutenant G. W. Sherwood at Citronelle, Alabama on May 4, 1864.  This is the same date and general location that General N. B. Forrest surrendered.  They surrendered in accordance with the agreement between Lieutenant General Richard Taylor and U.S.A. Major General E. R. S. Canby.  These men were paroled at Columbus, Mississippi on May 16, 1865 and besides Lieutenant Sherwood included:
 
1st Sergeant T. J. Fain
3rd Sergeant Thomas B. Reeves
Privates:  David S. Brooks
Lafayette B. Potts
M. M. Potts
Lewis T. Reeves
James W. Vader
Richard C. Wiggs, 1st Lieutenant, was paroled at Montgomery, Alabama on May 16, 1865.  There is no record of his surrender included in these records.
 
Private Samuel Davis was paroled at Atlanta, Georgia on May 23, 1865.  Private John Wesley Davis was paroled on or after the same date in Greenville, South Carolina.  Later he was accused of murdering 5 Union soldiers previous to his parole.  The records don’t show whether or not he was caught or whether he changed his last name to Harding.
 
Records show private W. Heil Retired from Company “C”, Reeves Texas Cavalry in late March of 1865 in Richmond, Virginia.  This record is significant, because Colonel Reeves had submitted a resignation in December of 1864.
 
The records of Captain J. W. Hendricks, 3rd Texas Cavalry (formerly 2nd Lieutenant, this Regiment) being paroled in Alexandria, Louisiana on June 26, 1865 are contained herein.
 
The only soldier of this Company claiming to have surrendered near Greensborough, North Carolina, as is the historical location of the Regiment’s surrender, is private Andy J. Harris.  However, Federal prison records for private Harris show that he was not released from Camp Morton, Indiana until May 20, 1865.  That is almost a month after the surrender of General J. E. Johnston.  Andy Harris told a writer of his surrender location some 47 years later (Yeary, 1912).
 
Federal prisoners, of this Company, who had been captured in action, and released from prison after the war was over include:
 
Private J. L. Booker, released June 17, 1865 from Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois.
Private James E. Cook, released June 12, 1865 from Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Private Andrew J. Harris, released May 20, 1865 from Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana (as mentioned previously).
Private McLean Sexton, Released July 16, 1865 from Rock Island Barracks, Illinois.
 
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
 
Captains
 
George Robertson Reeves  Was a farmer and state congressman from Grayson County, Texas prior to the war.  He was born in Tennessee (Hale, 1990) and 35 years old in 1861.
 
Reeves received a Commission to raise a Company of Texas Militia unit from William C. Young on May 9, 1861.  He Volunteered on May 26, 1861 in Sherman and mustered into Texas Militia unit as Captain on June 1, 1861.  At the time he had 2 horses, a $50 pistol and a $10 sabre.  His pistol belonged to the State.
 
A State record is in the Texas State Archives that is:
 
Receipts for pay from George R. Reeves, Capt. + Post Quartermaster, 2nd Congressional District Texas at Austin. Payment was made to:
 
Name     from(1861)  to (1861)
Joseph Spencer, Clerk   July1   September 30
A. G. Campbell, Agent   July 1   October 15
M. K. Ryan, Sub Agent   July 1   October 31
W. T. Robinson, Sub Agent  July 1   October 31
David Eppright, ub Agent   July 1   October 31
Irvine H. Bradfute, Clerk   July 1   October 31
J. L. Fuller, Clerk    October 10  October 31
J. H. Foushee, Clerk   October 10  October 31
 
Reeves was the first Captain in Texas and Confederate States service.  He provided Camp Reeves, near Sherman, in Grayson County, Texas as a training and mustering point for soldiers entering Confederate States service.  Reeves was re-elected on May 8, 1862 reorganization.  Remark on 1862 muster roll reads:  "Capt. G. R. Reeves ordered by Gen. McCullough, Order 156, dated July 20, 1862, to report to Major (William E.) Estes (15th Cavalry) at Paris, Texas who had command of detachment from 10, 11, 14 & 15 Texas Cav. for duty...(over)"  The front side of the card has a note “(over)”, but the back side is not microfilmed.  Captain Reeves was present, in command of his Company in late 1862 and 1863. 
 
Reeves was promoted to Colonel, commanding the Regiment, on August 10, 1863.  At that time it was determined that he was the Senior Captain in the Regiment and was the rightful successor to Colonel J. C. Burks.  Robert W. Pettus was his successor.  See Field and Staff Chapter for more information on G. R. Reeves.
 
Robert W. Pettus  The reference (Lucas & Hall) shows B. W. Pettus was a private in the Texas State Troops organization of this company.  The second State Muster Roll shows private R. W. Pettus volunteered on August 12, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  He was 30 years old, had a horse and had a $40 gun while in the State Service. 
 
Pettus mustered in to Confederate service also as a private.  He was elected as Orderly Sergeant on October 19, 1861 in place of Newton Rose who resigned. 
 
Pettus was elected 1st Lieutenant on May 8, 1862 and entitled to Bounty.  Was ordered on duty as Captain of Company "C" by Major General McCown, order no. 20, dated July 27, 1862 (probably due to the absence of Captain G. R. Reeves).  Received a clothing requisition in Frankfort, Kentucky on October 2, 1862.  Ordered back to duty as 1st Lieutenant on November 20, 1862 by Lieutenant General E. Kirby Smith (Order No. 110).  Remarks on the 1862 muster roll show him: Absent on Detached Duty in Texas since November 15, 1862.  Presumed to be with this command by April of 1863. 
 
Pettus was officially promoted to Captain on August 10, 1863 following George Reeves' promotion to Colonel.  Paid $370 for expenses incurred while in pursuit of deserters from August 3 to 14, 1863 by order of Lieutenant Colonel Bounds.  Appears on a Register at C.S.A. General Hospital No. 11 at Charlotte, North Carolina on April 4, 1865, with syphilis.  Sent to other hospitals on April 14, 1865.  No further records.
 
1st Lieutenants
 
John W. Mayrant  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861.  He was 35 years of age at the time.  He had a horse and a $10 sabre.  The Lieutenant was elected as Major of the Regiment on August 5, 1861.  See the Field and Staff Chapter for more information on this soldier.
 
William N. Mayrant Volunteered as a private in Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  He mustered into the Texas Militia unit on June 1, 1861.  He was 23 years old.
 
   He was elected as 1st Lieutenant on September 7, 1861 to fill the vacancy created by John W. Mayrant’s election to Major.  He had a horse, a $10 saber and a $33.99 pistol while in State Service.  The pistol belonged to the State.
 
   Appointed 1st Lieutenant in Confederate States service on October 2, 1861.  Was on Scout for the 1861 muster roll.  Dropped in 1862.
 
Richard C. Wiggs    Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861.  He was a 23 year old 2nd Sergeant of the Texas State Company, with a horse and no arms.
 
   Wiggs started as 3rd Sergeant, in original Confederate organization.  He was elected as 2nd Lieutenant on May 8, 1862 and was entitled to Bounty.   Received clothing for company at Loundon, Tennessee on November 15, 1862 from Lieutenant D. D. Porter, A.Q.M. 
 
   Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on August 10, 1863.  Successor listed as R. P. Reeves (Jr. 2nd Lieutenant).  He was at Hospital in Georgia from October 25, 1863, possibly through the end of January in 1864.   Paid by Captain J. B. Sharpe, A.Q.M. at __ Spring, Georgia.  Received $200 pay for March and April of 1864 on December 1, 1864 from Captain John Decker, A.Q.M.  Received $700 pay for the seven months ending November 30, 1864, on December 7, 1864 from Captain John Decker, A.Q.M.  Lieutenant Wiggs was paroled at Montgomery, Alabama on May 16, 1865.
 
2nd Lieutenants
 
John W. Hendricks Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861.  Was 2nd Lieutenant in the Texas State Company.  He was 23 years old at the time.  The second State Muster Roll shows him having a horse and a $10 saber.  The third State Muster Roll shows him also armed with a pistol belonging to the State.
 
   Appointed 2nd Lieutenant (Confederate) on October 2, 1861.  Dropped in 1862.  Files contain a parole for J. Hendricks, Captain, 3rd Regiment Texas Cavalry in the Trans-Mississippi Department.  The parole was given at Alexandria, Louisiana and dated June 29, 1865.
 
Irving Root  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  He mustered into the Texas Militia unit on June 1, 1861.  So began the somewhat confusing (for us) Confederate military career of Irving Root who served as private, Jr. 2nd Lieutenant, Orderly Sergeant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant and regimental Adjutant, not especially in that order.  On the second State Muster Roll no age is given and he is shown without a horse or arms.  The third State Muster Roll shows him to be 28 years old.
 
   Root mustered into Confederate service as private.  His name given as Irwin on the first CS muster roll. 
 
Private Root was elected 2nd Lieutenant on July 27, 1862.  Remarks on the 1862 muster roll read: “Was elected 2nd Lt. July 27/62, was ordered back to the ranks as Orderly Sgt. December 31, 1862, is entitled to pay as Jr. 2 Lt. up to December 31, 1862.  Was elected from the ranks and entitled to Bounty.  At hospital wounded (over)”.  The back of the muster roll was not microfilmed.  He was evidently wounded during the battle of Murfreesboro.  Received pay as 2nd Lieutenant ($90/mo.), again, for the period of February 1, to March 2, 1863 by Captain J. M. Elliot on November 7, 1863.  Present with Company as 2nd Lieutenant for the April 30, 1863 muster roll. 
 
On June 1, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel J. M. Bounds promoted Irving Root to the office of Adjutant on the Field & Staff.  Bound's letter of promotion was written from the Regimental headquarters near Liberty, Tennessee.  The Field and Staff muster roll for December 31, 1863 shows Root as Adjutant.  See Field and Staff Chapter for further information on Roots.
 
Was shown as Jr. 2nd Lieutenant on the December 31, 1863 Company muster roll (Present or Absent not stated), with Remark: “Promoted to Jr. 2nd Lieutenant Aug. 10, 1863".  On November 7, 1863 Company “C” Lieutenant I. Root received $180 pay at Rome, Georgia from Captain J. M. Elliot, A.Q.M.  He received $180 pay as “1st Lieutenant”, Company “C” ($90/mo.) for the period of March 31 to June 1, 1863 by Captain J. M. Elliot on November 25, 1863.  The final muster roll shows Jr. 2nd Lieutenant Irving Root Absent, at Hospital since September 23, 1863.
 
Robert P. Reeves  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861.  He was 24 years old at the time.  He is shown with a horse and a $10 sabre on the second State Muster Roll.  The third State Muster Roll shows him also armed with a pistol belonging to the State.
 
   He was shown as Jr. 2nd Lieutenant on first muster roll.  Reeves was 3rd Lieutenant in the Texas State Company.  His relationship to George R. Reeves is not known, but he is not of the immediate family (Barrier & Davis, 1977).  Perhaps he was a cousin or uncle to George.  He was wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro, but returned to duty by April of 1863.
 
Reeves was promoted to full 2nd Lieutenant August 10, 1863.  Gave resignation on January 20, 1865.  The resignation became effective February 10, 1865.  His resignation letter reads:
 
Hdqtrs. 11th Texas Cav.
Jany. 20, 1865
 
Gen'l S. Cooper,
 
Sir,
I respectfully tender my immediate and unconditional resignation under the following pretexts which are nearing and an embarrassment to me.  Service to my country, owing to the reduced condition of my company being so small that it is never able to muster more than twelve men and still retaining its full quarter of officers - which are at some times paramount to the men in number it will also add one more gun to the ranks - which I had rather carry than a Commission under the embarrassing circumstances.  I have been an officer for nearly four years and am still willing to serve four years longer if I am needed but not as an officer commanding five or six men as it is impossible for our companies to recruit from Texas.
 
Yours Respectfully & C.
(signed) R. P. Reeves, 2nd Lt.
Co. C, 11th Texas Cav.
 
The resignation was approved by Lieutenant Colonel R. W. Hooks, Commanding the 11th Texas Cavalry. 
It was Disapproved by:
Colonel Thomas Harrison, Brigade Commander
Brigadier General William Y. C. Humes, Division Commander
Major General Joseph Wheeler, Cavalry Corp Commander
and 
Lieutenant General William J. Hardee, Department Commander.
 
George W. Sherwood Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  He mustered into the Texas Militia unit on June 1, 1861.  The name on the first State Muster Roll looks like George Sheward or Sherward, but is probably the same soldier.  He is shown to be 24 years old with a horse, but no arms by October 2, 1861.
 
Last name also written as Shearwood on Confederate records.  Present for all muster rolls.  Name appears on a report of casualties in Wharton's Cavalry in action near Dover, Tennessee in February 3, 1863, missing.  Federal records state that he was taken near Hillsboro, Tennessee on February 6th and 12th of 1863.  Sent to Camp Chase in Ohio on February 25, 1863.  Upon his exchange at City Point, Virginia on March 28, 1863, he gave his age as 30 years old.  Sherwood was evidently promoted to Lieutenant and commanded the company at its surrender. 
 
Lieutenant Sherwood was in command of Company at surrender on May 4, 1865 at Citronelle, Alabama as evidenced by several soldier's surrender records.  Lieutenant G. W. Sherwood was also in command of some in Company "B" at the surrender.
 
Sergeants
 
T. J. Fain  Enlisted as a private in Washington County, Arkansas on February 25, 1862 by W. C. Young.  Elected 2nd Sergeant on November 4, 1862.  Promoted to 1st Sergeant on February 1, 1864. 
 
Surrendered under the terms of Lieutenant General R. Taylor, C.S.A. to Major General E. R. S. Canby, U.S.A. at Citronelle, Alabama with Company "C" commanded by Lieutenant G. W. Sherwood, on May 4, 1865.  Paroled at Columbus, Mississippi on May 16, 1865.
 
A. C. Ingram  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861 as 4th Sergeant.  He had a horse and no arms.  Age is not given.  He refused to be Mustered into the Confederate Service.
 
Ben Jones  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861 as 5th Sergeant. .  He had a horse and no arms.  Age is not given.  Dergeant Jones was discharged for Disability on September 1, 1861.
 
Newton Rose  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861 as 1st Sergeant.  No age was given.  He had a horse, but was unarmed while in Texas Militia unit.
 
   Started Confederate States Army service as Orderly Sergeant, resigned and returned to ranks on October 19, 1861.  Had been the 1st Sergeant of the Texas State Company.  On furlough for 30 days from December 24, 1861.  Worked extra duty as Ordinance Sergeant with the Field & Staff from April 11 to September 4, 1862.  Deserted January 1, 1864.
 
John R. Stephen  Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  Mustered in on June 1, 1861.  J. R. Stephens (and Stevens) is listed as 3rd Sergeant of the Texas State Company.  He was 20 years old, with a horse and no arms.
 
   Shown as Sergeant, no number given, in original Confederate organization.  Was absent, on Scout, from December 18, 1861 until after December 31, 1861. 
 
   Stephen was demoted to private ranks in 1862.  He was on extra duty for the remaining muster rolls.  He was a Saddler from July 20, 1863 through, at least, February 29, 1864.
 
James W. Vader  Sergeant, no number given, in original Confederate organization.  Sent to ranks in 1862.  J. W. Vaden is listed as a private in the Texas State Company.
 
Wounded at the battle in front of Murfreesboro and sent to hospital, "sick".  Present on April 30, 1863 muster roll.  At Hospital in Rome, Georgia from September 1, 1863 through at least March 1, 1864.  Received forage for his horse at Hospital on November 2, 1863.  Surrendered with Company "C", under the command of Lieutenant G. W. Sherwood, on May 4, 1865 at Citronelle, Alabama.  Paroled at Columbus, Mississippi on May 16, 1865.
 
Thomas B. Reeves Volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  He mustered into the Texas Militia unit as a private on June 1, 1861.  He was 19 years old and had a horse but no arms while in the State service.
 
   Mustered in to Confederate Texas Militia unit as a private.  He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant in 1862.  Reeves was probably, the eldest son of George R. Reeves (Barrier & Davis, 1977).  If so, Thomas Reeves would have been only 5 days past his 16th birthday on October 2, 1861.  Reeves was sick in Hospital in early 1863.  Back on duty by April of 1863.  Present through final muster roll.  Name appears on a Roll of POW's of Company "C", 11th Texas Cavalry commanded by Lieutenant G. W. Sherwood, surrendered at Citronelle, Alabama by Lieutenant General Richard Taylor to U.S. Major General E. R. S. Canby on May 4, 1865.  Paroled in Columbus, Mississippi on May 16, 1865.  Gave residence as Grayson County, Texas.
 
Moses Summy  Private M. Summy volunteered for Texas Service on May 26, 1861 at Sherman, Texas.  He mustered into the Texas Militia unit on June 1, 1861.  No age is recorded for him on second State  Muster Roll.  He evidently did have a horse but was unarmed at the time.  The third State Muster Roll show private Summy as 21 years old.
 
   Mustered into Confederate States service on October 2, 1861 at Camp Reeves Texas.  He was promoted to 4th Sergeant in 1862.  Left sick in Tennessee on July 1, 1863.  Supposed to have been captured.  No further records.

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