After Texas joined the United States, three Texans received appointments before the start of the Civil War.
James B. McIntyre - Cullum Number: 1627 - Class Rank: 49He graduated 49th in his class and the Army promoted him to brevet second lieutenant of infantry on July 1, 1853.
The Army assigned him to duty on the frontier at Ft. Brown, Texas (1853-1854) and Ft. Belknap, Texas (1854-1855).
On March 3, 1855, the Army promoted McIntyre to second lieutenant, First Cavalry. He was a member of the Sioux Expedition (1855) and at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (1855-1856).
The Army promoted him to first lieutenant, First Cavalry on January 16, 1857.
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He was on a leave of absence from December 24, 1863 to February 1864. The Army placed McIntyre in command of the cavalry regiment from March to November 17, 1864. He led the regiment on its march from Nashville, Tennessee to join the Army of the Cumberland in the invasion of Georgia. He was in charge of the unit in the cavalry operations of the campaign. After the regiment returned to Nashville, Tennessee, the Army granted him a leave of absence from November 17, 1864 to January 1865. Following his leave, he was in command of the regiment at their camp at Gravelly Springs, Alabama (January -March 1865). He was on recruiting service at Baltimore, Maryland from March 1, l865 to January 5, 1866.
After the war, McIntyre commanded posts at Ft. Brown, Texas (May 1866- January 1867) and Ft. Larned, Kansas (January-May 1867). He received a promotion to major, Third Cavalry on July 28, 1866 at Ft. Larned. He died on May 10, 1867 at Ft. Larned, Kansas at the age of 34.
For more information on McIntyre, please see Fiddler's Green: James B. McIntyre, https://regularcavalryincivilwar.wordpress.com/tag/james-b-mcintyre/
Horace Randal - Cullum Number: 1675 - Class Rank: 45Randal was a cadet at the US Military Academy from July 1, 1849, to July 1, 1854.He graduated 45th in his class and the Army promoted him to brevet second lieutenant of infantry on July 1, 1854.
Randal resigned from the United States Army on February 27, 1861. He joined the Confederate Army and received a commission as a first lieutenant in the cavalry on March 16, 1861. Initially, he served in General Braxton Bragg's quartermaster corps at Pensacola, Florida. The Army transferred him to the Army of Northern Virginia. On November 16, 1861, the Army appointed him as an aide-de-camp to Major General Gustavus W. Smith. On February 12, 1862, Randal received a commission as a colonel of cavalry. Colonel Randal recruited the Twenty-eighth Texas Cavalry regiment (Dismounted) from men in and around Marshall, Texas. Randal appointed his father, brother, and brother-in-law to serve on his regimental staff. On July 9, 1862, the regiment composed of twelve companies through Marshall and marched to Little Rock, Arkansas. In Little Rock, the regiment joined what was to become the Second Brigade of General John G. Walker's Texas (Greyhound) Division. The Army appointed Colonel Randal brigade commander on September 3, 1862, and he served in Arkansas and Louisiana. He led the brigade at Milliken's Bend during the Vicksburg campaign in June 1863, and in repulsing Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks' Red River campaign in the spring of 1864. General E. Kirby Smith appointed Randal brigadier general on April 8, 1864, but the Confederate government never confirmed his promotion. He was killed at the Battle of Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas on April 30, 1864.
For more information on Randal, please see Randal, Horace https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fra28 and Twenty-eighth Texas Cavalry https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qkt30
Henry C. McNeill - Cullum Number: 1785 - Class Rank: 26McNeill was a cadet at the US Military Academy from July 1, 1853, to July 1, 1857. He graduated 26th in his class and the Army promoted him to brevet second lieutenant, Mounted Riflemen, July 1, 1857. He attended the Cavalry School for Practice at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1857-1858. The Army promoted him to second lieutenant, Mounted Riflemen on October 26 1857.
The Army assigned him to frontier duty at Ft. Thorn, New Mexico (1858); Ft. Defiance. New Mexico (1859); and Ft. Fillmore, New Mexico (1859) where he engaged in scouting activities in Navajo Country, New Mexico.
While on an expedition against the Pinal Apaches (1859-1860), McNeill fought in a skirmish near Ft. Buchanan, New Mexico on December 3, 1860. He was at Ft. Fillmore, New Mexico (1860); on scouting duty (1860-1861); and on scouting duty at Ft. Union, New Mexico (1861) and Ft. Stanton, New Mexico (1861).
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After the war, McNeill farmed in Eagle Lake, Texas. Henry McNeill died in Columbus, Texas, on November 29, 1876, of congestion of the lungs. His grave is probably in Lakeview Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Colorado County. He married Margaret L. Murray.
For more information on McNeill, please see McNeill, Henry Cameron, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmcci