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Civil War Trails in Texas on Facebook - Plans for driving trails, interpretive markers and colorful "trailblazers" will soon “link” together the entire history of the Civil War era throughout Texas; not only its battle sites but also its cultural, social and political civil war stories.
Howell "Doc" Rayburn - 12th Texas Cavalry, CSA. Called the most dangerous man in Arkansas during the Civil War. Good looks, long blond hair and blue eyes, he was only 21 yrs of age and weighed barely 100 pounds. Separated and trapped behind enemy lines, Howell recruited his own company - young boys about his age - that became known as the Phantom Unit for their daring exploits and ability to appear out of nowhere and pounce on unsuspecting federals.

Howell "Doc" Rayburn - 12th Texas Cavalry, CSA. Called the most dangerous man in Arkansas during the Civil War. Good looks, long blond hair and blue eyes, he was only 21 yrs of age and weighed barely 100 pounds. Separated and trapped behind enemy lines, Howell recruited his own company - young boys about his age - that became known as the Phantom Unit for their daring exploits and ability to appear out of nowhere and pounce on unsuspecting federals.

The location of a significant Civil War battlefield, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site honors a small band of heroic Confederate soldiers that defeated four Union gunboats and prevented Union forces from penetrating the Texas interior in 1863. The site features a stately bronze statue of Confederate Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling, who led the 46 men to victory, and an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the battle.

The location of a significant Civil War battlefield, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site honors a small band of heroic Confederate soldiers that defeated four Union gunboats and prevented Union forces from penetrating the Texas interior in 1863. The site features a stately bronze statue of Confederate Lt. Richard “Dick” Dowling, who led the 46 men to victory, and an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the battle.

Although not as well known as someone like Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, Dallas Stoudenmire was a feared lawman in his day, and is known for participating in more gunfights than most of his contemporaries. After being wounded several times while fighting in the Civil War, Stoudenmire moved to the lawless city of El Paso, Texas to serve as sheriff. Only three days into his tenure, he became involved in one of the West’s most legendary battles, what is common known as the “Four Dead in Five…

Although not as well known as someone like Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, Dallas Stoudenmire was a feared lawman in his day, and is known for participating in more gunfights than most of his contemporaries. After being wounded several times while fighting in the Civil War, Stoudenmire moved to the lawless city of El Paso, Texas to serve as sheriff. Only three days into his tenure, he became involved in one of the West’s most legendary battles, what is common known as the “Four Dead in Five…

Double-armed Texas Confederate with Bowie Knife and Colt Dragoon Revolver. {Michael Simens Civil War imagery & items}.

Double-armed Texas Confederate with Bowie Knife and Colt Dragoon Revolver. {Michael Simens Civil War imagery & items}.

Handmade banjo used during the Civil War by Capt. James Pinckney Thomas. The drum is made of bobcat skin. Capt. Thomas served in Company "E", 18 th Texas Cavalry led by John D. Coit under Gen. Granberry, Clebourne Division. It is said of him, "He did more good with that banjo than many a preacher, when he kept the boys in camp nights, with his playing and singing."  Dallas Historical Society.

Handmade banjo used during the Civil War by Capt. James Pinckney Thomas. The drum is made of bobcat skin. Capt. Thomas served in Company "E", 18 th Texas Cavalry led by John D. Coit under Gen. Granberry, Clebourne Division. It is said of him, "He did more good with that banjo than many a preacher, when he kept the boys in camp nights, with his playing and singing." Dallas Historical Society.

Nottoway Mansion is the largest plantation house in America with 53,000 square feet. The house was originally built in 1859 for John Hampden Randolph and his family of 11 children. The Randolph’s were among the wealthiest of sugarcane plantation owners before the Civil War in all of Louisiana. Randolph and four of his sons left the rest of the family at the plantation during the war to start a cotton plantation in Texas.

Nottoway Mansion is the largest plantation house in America with 53,000 square feet. The house was originally built in 1859 for John Hampden Randolph and his family of 11 children. The Randolph’s were among the wealthiest of sugarcane plantation owners before the Civil War in all of Louisiana. Randolph and four of his sons left the rest of the family at the plantation during the war to start a cotton plantation in Texas.

In 1882, when Texas governor Big Jim Hogg had a daughter, he decided to name her after an epic Civil War poem that her uncle had written. Unfortunately, the heroine was called Ima.    “My grandfather Stinson lived 15 miles from Mineola and news traveled slowly,” she wrote later. “When he learned of his granddaughter’s name he came trotting to town as fast as he could to protest but it was too late. The christening had taken place, and Ima I was to remain.”

In 1882, when Texas governor Big Jim Hogg had a daughter, he decided to name her after an epic Civil War poem that her uncle had written. Unfortunately, the heroine was called Ima. “My grandfather Stinson lived 15 miles from Mineola and news traveled slowly,” she wrote later. “When he learned of his granddaughter’s name he came trotting to town as fast as he could to protest but it was too late. The christening had taken place, and Ima I was to remain.”

Terry’s Rangers - They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army. They fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years.  http://www.timstanleyphotography.com/2012/03/terrys-rangers/

Terry’s Rangers - They were a group of Texans that earned the reputation as one of the most effective mounted regiments in the western theater of the Civil War. The 8th Texas Cavalry, known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, was a group of volunteers for the Confederate States Army. They fought in some 275 engagements in seven states during the four years. http://www.timstanleyphotography.com/2012/03/terrys-rangers/