Sunday, 27 May 2012

The equestrian memorial to Terry's Texas Rangers

The equestrian memorial to Terry's Texas Rangers on the south lawn of the Capitol. They weren't actually Texas Rangers, but a Confederate unit with the Army of the Tennessee whose troopers wore the lone star on their slouch hats--also known as the  The 8th Texas Cavalry, (1861–1865), popularly known as Terry's Texas Rangers, was a group of Texas volunteers for theConfederate States Army assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin File:Benjamin Franklin Terry.jpgTerry in August 1861. Though lesser known than The Texas Brigade, famous for their actions during the Battle of Gettysburg, the "Terry Rangers" distinguished themselves at several battles during the Civil War. In four years Terry's Texas Rangers fought in some 275 engagements in seven states. The unit earned a reputation that ranked it among the most effective mounted regiments in the Western Theater of the American Civil War.  One of the troopers was George W. Littlefield, who became prominent after the war as a rancher, banker and benefactor of the University of Texas.

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