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17th Texas Infantry

17th Texas Infantry

Texas 144.1

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"The Seventeenth Texas Infantry, a Confederate regiment, was organized at Camp Terry, Austin, Texas, during March 1862. The regiment had ten companies composed of men from Angelina, Bastrop, Bell, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Colorado, Falls, Fayette, Lampasas, Lavaca, Smith, Trinity, Travis, and Williamson counties. The original commander of the Seventeenth Infantry was Col. Robert T. P. Allen, a West Point graduate who had served in the Seminole War and founded Bastrop Military Academy in Bastrop. He was a stern disciplinarian who stressed the need for training of the troops before going into battle.

The Seventeenth Infantry spent its entire career in the Trans-Mississippi Department and fought and served in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Following its organization and initial training, it was ordered to Little Rock, Arkansas, in August 1862. There it was assigned to the Second Division, Second Corps, Army of the West. It wintered at Camp Nelson in Little Rock and suffered heavy casualties from disease. Benajah Harvey Carroll, a private in the regiment and later a well-known Baptist minister and prohibitionist, stated that the unit lost more men from measles and pneumonia in the winter of 1862–63 than it did from all the battles it fought." Learn More...

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