Tuesday, November 6, 2018

An Arch Rebel Like Myself


A review of “An Arch Rebel Like Myself;” Dan Showalter and the Civil War in California and Texas, by by Gene Armistead and Robert D. Arconti (North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2018).

Discussion of the War for Southern Independence often includes facts about who were the last to lay down their arms.  It is commonly argued that Gen. Stand Waite’s troops were the last to surrender, on June 23, 1865.  But new research reveals that another unit of soldiers outlasted them by one day.  That unit was a command of Texas, of the 4th Texas Cavalry, Arizona Brigade (there were more than one command, sometimes confused).  They never surrendered.  Knowing Gen. Lee’s glowing assessment that his best troops came from Texas, this should be no surprise.  But it may take one aback that much of the regiment and the commander himself—were from California.

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