Wednesday, March 9, 2011

First United States Infantry

I attended the North Texas Irish Festival on March 5th and was surprised to find representatives from several Civil War reenactment groups.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans had a booth.  However, what I found surprising was a reenactment group representing Union soldiers --- the First United States Infantry. The organization does not represent an actual military unit, but represents "a unit of the United States Regular Army who were career soldiers and 'Guardians of the Frontier.' "  

Some 2,000 Texans joined the Union Army.  The most notable was Edmund Davis who would become governor of Texas.  Davis was commander of the 1st Texas Cavalry and rose to the rank of brigadier general. Read about the formation of the Texas National Guard.

Also check out the Union Soldier Statue and Memorial in Denison, TX.

I would be interested in any other information on Union Army units with Texans.

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