Today in Texas History – December 16

From the Annals of the Civil War – In 1863, Confederate colonel Sul Ross assumed command of a brigade formed from the Third, Sixth, Ninth, and Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry regiments which afterwards was known as Ross’s Brigade. Lawrence Sullivan Ross came to Texas at the age of one in 1839. He followed in his father, Shapley Ross’s footsteps and became an Indian fighter serving in campaigns with the Texas Rangers against the Comanches in 1858 and 1860.   When the Civil War began, he  joined Confederate forces and rose to command the Sixth Texas Cavalry. He was promoted to the rank of general soon after taking command of Ross’s Brigade.  The unit saw action in Atlanta and Franklin-Nashville campaigns.  Ross was on furlough in Texas when the brigade surrendered at the end of the war.  Ross was later elected to the Texas senate and served as Governor for 4 years.

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