Texans Go to War
Many Texans Become Soldiers
About 60,000 Texans served in the Confederate forces. Almost one-third of the Texas soldiers were in armies east of the Mississippi River. Others were along the Texas borders and in nearby states such as Louisiana.
Hood's Texas Brigade and Terry's Texas Rangers were among the better known Texas units serving east of the Mississippi. Both units were cites for their bravery and courage. Hood's Brigade fought in many of the great battles in Virginia. General Robert E. Lee, who commanded Confederate troops in Virginia, called Hood's men his "finest soldiers". Terry's Texas Rangers, officially the Eight Texas Calvary Regiment, fought in more battles than did any other cavalry regiment in the Civil War.
Lawrence Sullivan 'Sul" Ross
- joined the Confederate army and became a Brigadier General in 1864
- became the 19th Governor of Texas in 1887
- become the Chancellor of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas which is today Texas A&M
- After he died in 1898, the Texas legislature created Sul Ross University in his honor.