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Montgomery County, Texas, CSA Paperback – September 9, 2013
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The first section is an approximately 8 page narrative of antebellum period with a photo of the Arnold-Simonton home.
The second section of the book deals with soldiers and their families. The following families are covered: Brooks, Cartwright, Cheatham, Chilton, Clepper, Cude, Dupree, Estill, Griffith, Irvine, Lewis, Lindley, Little, Morris, Peel, Porter, Powell, Sandel, Shannon, Simonton, Willis, and Wooldridge, There are a few photos, but in general this is mostly a paragraph with the military service of the members of the family combined with some genealogical data to relate their relationship to each other and the surname. The compiled service records and pensions of these individuals were chiefly used as the source of facts, but occasionally stories gleaned from the descendants also appear. Probably there is plenty more that could be written about each individual, but in an undertaking of this magnitude, it is remarkable so much information is readily available to the reader in this handy reference book.
The third section/chapter of Frank Johnson's work concentrates on the soldiers and their regiments. Montgomery County fervently supplied Texas and Confederate forces with manpower so this task of the author must have been daunting, and makes the book an even more valuable reference for those interested in Montgomery County, Texas CSA by saving them countless hours of research time. Capsule histories and muster rolls listing Montgomery County soldiers (some of which are annotated with biographical data) are provided for the following units: Montgomery County Rifle Boys, Danville Mounted Riflemen, 17th Brigade /17th Texas Militia District, 4th Infantry Regiment of Texas State Troops, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery Regiment, 2nd Texas Cavalry Regiment, 4th Texas Infantry, 5th Texas Infantry, 5th Texas Cavalry, 7th Texas Cavalry, 8th Texas Cavalry-also known as B.F. Terry's Texas Rangers, 9th (Nichols) Texas Infantry, 16th (Flournoy's) Texas Infantry, 20th (Elmore's) Texas Infantry, 21st Texas Cavalry, 24th Texas Cavalry, 24th & 25th Consolidated Texas Cavalry/Mann's, Texas Cavalry Regt, 26th (DeBray's)Texas Cavalry, Granbury's Consolidated Brigade, D.S, Terry's Texas Cavalry Regiment, and Thomas N. Waul's Texas Legion.
The fourth chapter/section deals with Montgomery County in the postwar. This five-page portion of the book is far from a definitive history of Reconstruction, which is really beyond the scope of this book, but provides some basic insight into the era plus covers topics like the pensions, Texas' Confederate homes for men and women, etc.
A one-page (front and back) bibliography is provided, but the work has no index. Perhaps the author intended the appendices to be sufficient. From page 175 to page 221-Appendix A, the researcher will find an alphabetical listing of soldiers. From page 222 to page 227-Appendix B, offers a list of Confederate soldiers buried in Montgomery County Texas. Many of these burials are men previously listed in Appendix A, however, because there are Confederate veterans from other counties of Texas and other states who were also buried in Montgomery County, these pages are a good place to find their burial location along with service affiliation
The author in the rest of this excellent book tells of the lives of the soldiers from the prominent families of Montgomery County and the military units they joined. The regiments the soldiers from Montgomery County joined are:
"Montgomery County Rifle Boys", "Danville Mounted Riflemen", 17th Brigade (17th Militia District), 4th Infantry Regiment (Texas State Troops), Hood's Texas Brigade (4th and 5th Texas Infantry), 1st Texas Regiment Heavy Artillery, 2nd Regiment, Texas Cavalry, 7th Texas Cavalry, 8th Texas Cavalry (Terry's Texas Rangers), 9th Texas Infantry (Nichols), 16th, 20th, Texas Infantry, 21st Texas Cavalry (Wilkes'), 24th/25th Texas Cavalry (Consolidated) & Mann's, Granbury's Consolidated Brigade, and Waul's Texas Legion.
Hundreds of the men from Montgomery County joined the above regiments and served in all theaters of the war and participated in many of the large battles from First Manassas (Bull Run), Pea Ridge, Shiloh, Sharpsburg (Antietam), Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Galveston, Red River Campaign, Petersburg, the Atlanta Campaign, Petersburg, and Appomattox Court House, and countless other battles and skirmishes. Many of the men from Montgomery County would never return home due to disease and fatalities in combat. When the men returned home, many had changed and matured from the young boys who enthusiastically enlisted in 1861. Montgomery County would suffer from post-Civil War Reconstruction policies and would have to find other ways to generate a prosperous economy that was years in the undertaking. After the Civil War the men would find new occupations and some of the old occupations before the war to make an income for their families. Years would go by and the men would be proud citizens not only of Texas but of the United States of America. The sons, grandsons, grand daughters up to present day would fight in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq and Afghanistan.
From the middle chapters to the end chapters, the author gives the brief history of the service of each man who enlisted in the Confederate Military from Montgomery County and where they are buried.
This is an excellent book that is a fascinating read. It is a book that shows the sacrifice of Texas Sons who fought for the cause of what they believed in. Montgomery County is just one of the many counties of Texas and of the south that gave their sons to the Confederate Military and would be forever changed for better or worse from the Civil War. It is a great read that is recommended for anyone interested in Texas History, Texas Confederate History, Montgomery County Texas History, Civil War History, and anyone who has forefathers who fought in the Civil War from Montgomery County Texas. A highly recommended read!