Today in Texas History – April 21

From the Annals of the Confederacy – In 1928, Felix Huston Robertson died in Waco. Robertson was the only Texas native general in the Confederate Army.  Robertson who was born at  Washington-on-the-Brazos was appointed a brigadier general in 1864.  He was reported to be a cruel and harsh commander.  He was known as Commanche Robertson for the savage nature of his punishments and his Indian-like visage.  He was involved in one of the more controversial incidents of the Civil War.  On October 3, 1864 in Saltville, Virginia, troops under Robertson’s command killed well over 100 wounded, mostly black survivors of a Union attack.  Robertson was implicated but never charged with any crime.  It was left to a subordinate officer to take the blame and he was hanged for murder after the war.  Robertson was severely wounded shortly after his promotion and never returned to field duty. Robertson returned to Texas, where he became an attorney, real estate speculator, and enthusiastic member of the United Confederate Veterans. At the time of his death he was the last surviving general of the Confederacy.

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