8th Texas Cavalry



John G. Walker, Captain, Harris County, wounded at Woodsonville, Kentucky, in 1861, elected Lieutenant Colonel, January 1862, died September 1869.
A. W. Morris, 1st Lieutenant, Montgomery County, wounded at Woodsonville, Kentucky, resigned and died.
Henry Thomas, 2nd Lieutenant, Harris County, resigned January 1862.
S. P. Christian, 3rd Lieutenant, Harris County, elected Captain, January, 1862, promoted to Major, July, 1863, Lieutenant Colonel in 1865, wounded at Farmington, Tennessee.
A. W. Hottle, 1st Sergeant, Montgomery County, promoted to Major and Quartermaster; died in Harris County.
No other non-commissioned officers elected.



J. D. Alexander discharged at Bowling Green, Kentucky.
J. H. Alexander.
H. Bowling, elected lieutenant, January, 1862; resigned May, 1863.
G. Bowling wounded and discharged.
A. L. Baine, Washington County, killed at Murfreesboro.
J. W. Bowers, Washington County.
J. L. Bowers, Washington County.
H. J. Barfield, Washington County.
T. J. Burroughs, Montgomery County, discharged, October, 1863.
R. R. Benjamin, Leon County, killed at Dandridge, East Tennessee, January, 1863.

Page Bloodgood, Harris (Chambers) County, was seriously wounded at Woodsonville, KY.,  discharged.   He died in 1875 at the age of 34 years.
A. B. Briscoe, Harris County, elected lieutenant, March, 1863.
D. K. Browning, Washington County, killed near Kirkville, March 13, 1863.
William Ballantine, Washington County, transferred to infantry.
G. P. Burke, Harris County, company clerk to brigade. 
James Bates, Montgomery County, discharged in 1862; died in Texas in 1865.
A. Billingsly, Washington County, discharged in 1862.
Joe Collins, Victoria County, died at Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1861.
J. A. Collins, Victoria County, elected lieutenant, December, 1862, wounded and resigned, July 13, 1863.
L. S. Crunk, Washington County, wounded at Murfreesboro and discharged.
J. T. Coats, Victoria County, present.
S. T. Conway, Victoria County, wounded at Murfreesboro and discharged.
William Cheney, Washington County, present.
T. Chatham, Montgomery County, present.
W. Chatham, Montgomery County, captured and prisoner of war.
T. C. Clay, Washington County, promoted Ordnance Officer, Harrison's Brigade.
R. N. Condren, Washington County.
Theo Cofield, Washington County, discharged at Woodburn, Kentucky, in 1862.
James Cartwright, Washington County, discharged at Woodburn, Kentucky, in 1862.

N. B. Dillard, Washington County, died in prison.

Aaron Martin “Dick” Dunman, Harris (Chambers) County
R. L. Dunman, Harris (Chambers ) County, present.   Wounded at East Point, GA, and Barker’s Crossroads, SC.
S. M. Dennis, Harris County, died in prison.
S. Epperson, died in prison.
L. H. A. Epperson, killed at Chickamauga.
J. W. S. Emerson, prisoner of war.
F. M. Elam, thirteen horses killed or wounded under him.
W. H. Elkins, died in Bastrop County, in 1878.
Sam Everett.
J. C. Fowler, killed in Tennessee.
John Farmer, wounded at Murfreesboro and discharged.

John Foster, Montgomery County, killed in Montgomery County in 1868.
J. W. Forsgard, promoted to Ordnance Department.
W. M. Grubb, Washington County, now minister of the gospel.
T. A. Golder, prisoner of war.
J. A. Glover.
John Grisett, Washington County, discharged in 1862.
J. R. Grant, transferred to the 8th Infantry from Hood's Texas Brigade.
Thomas Haynes, Washington County, discharged and killed by accident on the way home.
Daniel Hoffman, Harris County, elected Lieutenant, May, 1863, and killed at Farmerville.
Henry Hunter, elected Lieutenant, promoted to Captain, wounded at Farmington and died.
John W. Haskell, elected Lieutenant, in 1863, killed November 28th, 1864.
A. L. Hammond, died March 23rd, 1871.
W. H. Harmon, County Judge of Brazoria County after the war.
H. Hemnoff, present.
Thomas Hoxey, promoted Major of battalion, discharged May, 1862, died in 1864.
C. Janks, Washington County, died in 1867.
A. Janks, wounded and discharged.
Ben Johnson, discharged in Kentucky, in 1862.
J. A. P. Jackson, wounded at Woodsonville, Kentucky.

E. G. Jackson.
J. Cicero Jenkins.
J. A. Katchler, Germany.
Theo C. Lubbock, Harris County, promoted to Captain, Trans-Mississippi Department, discharged November, 1862
M. A. Lee, killed in Tennessee.
William Moss, killed at Murfreesboro, July 13, 1862.
________ McClennan, discharged.
P. Milton, wounded at Farmington, Tennessee.
D. C. Muckle, Montgomery County, killed November 28, 1864.
D. Mitchell, Montgomery County, died in prison.
J. Mitchell, Montgomery County, wounded September 17, 1864.
J. F. 'Doc' Matthews, Washington County, elected Lieutenant, July 25th, Captain, October 7th, 1864, twice wounded, died December, 1881.
J. W. Matthews.
W. E. Moore, wounded at Murfreesboro.
J. W. Martin.
Ed Malone, discharged at Corinth; died July 12, 1867, at Galveston.
Ed McKnight, wounded and disabled for infantry, and transferred from Hood's Brigade.
J. McCormack, died in Kentucky, in 1862.
A. McMurry, discharged in 1863.
_______ McAvoy, transferred to White's Battery, in 1863.
A. Neils.
A. W. Proctor, Washington County, wounded at Waynesboro.
T. J. Proctor.
Ira Proctor.
J. S. Paul, died at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
J. B. Pinkston, Montgomery County, wounded.
J. H. Pinchback, died in 1887.
J. D. Parks, killed in Tennessee.
M. T. Parks, discharged at Corinth, in May, 1862.
William M. Pitts, died in Nashville, 1862.
J. W. Rowt, Washington County, discharged.
S. R. Rowt.
G. R. Rowt.
J. N. Rogers, discharged.
H. G. Rice, discharged, March, 1863.
W. Robinson.
M. A. Royston, promoted Adjutant to regiment and Lieutenant Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant General.
Tom Reverly, transferred from Hood's Brigade in East Tennessee.
S. P. Soser, died at Huntsville, Alabama, in 1863.
W. Soser, discharged.
R. G. Simonton, wounded in Tennessee.
_____ Thaxton, Washington County, wounded in Tennessee.
J. H. Thompson, wounded and discharged.
C. W. Voght, present.
P. M. West, died in prison.
J. H. West.
P. C. Walker, Harris County, died in Kentucky.
J. W. Woods, died in prison.
Tom Williams, wounded in Tennessee.
W. H. Warren.
T. T. Wayne, discharged.
Richard West, discharged in 1863, died in 1869.
Fred Weegan, died at Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Tom Walker, transferred to 4th Tennessee.
Hays T. Yarrington.




Terry's Texas Rangers, also known as the Eighth Texas Cavalry, is one of the most famous cavalry units to have served during the War Between the States. Terry's Rangers were organized in Houston on September 9, 1861. They served under such notable leaders as Wheeler, Wharton, and Forest. The Rangers fought at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. They were active in the Knoxville, Atlanta, and Carolina Campaigns. From their ranks were drawn the men known as Shannon's Scout's. They were at Bentonville, North Carolina on March 21, 1865, the last notable cavalry action of the war. Universally recognized for their skill and willingness to fight, these volunteers became one of the most effective cavalry units in history and achieved a record unparalleled by a unit of their size. This website is dedicated to their memory.  Written by Troy Gorves



The Terry’s Texas Rangers 8th Texas Cavalry fought its last major battles in North Carolina. As Sherman entered the Carolina's, Shannon’s Scouts from the 8th Texas gave Sherman’s Bummers no rest and many were sent to Kingdom Come... At Averasboro, the rangers performed admirably. Furthermore, Terry's Texas Rangers saved the day at Bentonvile with a charge unlike any other and routed a vastly superior Yankee force. There it was stated by General Hardee that of all the Charges he had witnessed, by the Cavalry or infantry, or even the Old United States Dragoons or the Commanches, he had never witnessed the equal of the charge just made. General Hardee's sixteen-year-old son, who had joined the Texans that very morning, was killed in the charge. Today there is no monument at Bentonville to Terry's Texas Rangers.


 B.F. Terry, a native Todd County, KY, but a Texan by long residence, is the gallant leader this Unit is named after. He won his spurs at First Manassas by "intrepidity and surprising exploits in that action. It was said of him that he captured a number of groups of infantrymen by his very audacity, pouncing upon them as he did with his bridle-reins in his teeth and a six-shooter cracking from either hand.  President Davis commissioned him on the spot." He was sent back to Texas to raise a regiment "of his own liking to fight his own way." He did and of the eleven hundred and seventy men starting the trail, from Houston for the duration, with the regiment only two hundred and forty-eight would return (this number includes recruits that joined up from time to time). B.F. Terry was one of the first killed and that in defense of his State of birth, Kentucky. But, the 8th Texas Cavalry still kept the name.

The Texas Star
(Info: From Mr. Jay Lyons)


 It is noticed in many period pictures of Texans, whether they were Cavalry or Infantry, that they wore a Silver Star on their person. This Star had a history before the war for Southern Independence. Adjutant General Albert Sidney Johnson wrote and signed the "Republic of Texas Army Uniform Regulations". According to the Regulations of May, 23,1839; Officers hats were to have a large silver star and all branches usually had a five point star emblem. When Texas joined the Southern Cause the Star was re-activated. Then some wore it on their hats and others on their jackets. It was the five-pointed star as seen above in the First Battle Flag of the 8th Texas. It is noticed that this Star has two points up. Many Texans wore the Star this way, especially after their second "War for Independence” which they and their fellow Southern States lost. The reason that a Texan wore the Star two points up was to assure that nobody took him as a "by God, S.O.B., sowbelly Yankee", since the Yankee flag had a bunch of "one point up" stars on it. Even thought the Texas Flag had a one point up Star that didn't seem to matter.