Friday, 21 October 2016

So That All Can Know a Little More of the Truth


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From Latin Rifles of the confederacy 

Jose' Rafael de la Garza ( 1838 - 1864). Born to a wealthy "non-slave owning" family in Southern Texas. He was educated in Kentucky and killed leading his company in a charge against Union forces at the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana on May 8, 1864.
Diana Ramirez Garza Wonder if he comes from Diego Montemayor?
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Diana Ramirez Garza My kids and I all have that heart shape hair line and he has my dad's eyebrows, hair line and curly hair ! 

It's why I wonder he comes from Diego Montemayor

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Betty Lou Salas he is handsome and he has the Widows peak // my family both women and men have the widoes peak // lots of history on the widows peak

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Pablo Rodriguez He seemed to be an educated man of principles... He was from Texas and fought, like many Tejanos, for his family.
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David Christian Newton It is a fact that 85% of the Mexican / Spanish element of the population at that time assisted or served militarily in the War Between the States on the side of the Confederacy. The War Between the States had the only General officer in the War who was of Mexican / Spanish origen and it was the Confederacy he served.. He was Gen. Santos Benavides. Much of the very effective military and public order work along the border and inland areas of South Texas was done by Benavides, his two brothers, and their troops who were mainly Latins although many Anglos were in his ranks. Over 80 men from the Penitas - Tabasco area of Hidalgo County enlisted in his brigade. He and his brothers were the main point of reliance in keeping the Cotton Trail open in to Mexico and even to the point of making sure the shipments made their way to Baghdad...the port facility of Matamoros in those times. Benavides was integral to the keeping of order in the non-coastal areas of South Texas...there were many deserters and vagabonds associated with the disorders brought on by the concurrent War between the Imperial government of Maximiliano von Hapsburg and the Republican forces of Benito Juarez Garcia. It is my opinion that John Salmon (RIP) Ford received most of the credit down here for what was actually done by Gen. (and mayor) Benavides and his men. Benavides and his men were the truest form of the best of the Confederacy. The man pictured receives a solemn salute from this SCV member....five dead, 8 wounded, serving mainly out of the Winchester, Tennessee area....also non-slave holders.
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Maria Thelma Salinas Clarke My great grandfather and great uncle served with Thomas' Co of Partisan Rangers. Do you know where they were located and their duties?
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David Christian Newton Maria Thelma Salinas Clarke Maria Thelma, Thomas' group appears early and may have been fused with the Benavides Regiment after serving a four month enlistment. Any other paperwork would help, but it is a recognised unit in Confederate Military Service - Read down this listing that appears in alphabetical order,,,,,, Pearson's Company, Partisan Rangers (Local Defense)

Perry's Company, Local Defense Troops (Fort Bend Scouts)
Rainey's Company, Volunteers (Anderson County Invincibles)
Simms' Company, Home Guards
Teague's Company, Volunteers (Southern Rights Guards)
Thomas' Company, Partisan Rangers, 4 months, 1862–63
Trevenio's Squad, Partisan Mounted Volunteers
Waul's Legion (Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery)

Flag of Waul's Legion
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Virginia Moreno There is a book by Jerry D. Thompson called "Vaqueros in Blue & Gray" it gives the history of Hispanic men that fought in the US Civil War. It is very interesting read. I got my copy from Amazon.
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