Saturday, June 13, 2009

Texas in the West Woods

This afternoon a young man and his family stopped by the Philadelphia Brigade Monument for a visit. They were from East Texas and were touring the fields Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

He was fully outfitted as a Private in the 19th Texas (Company A) and portrayed Pvt. R. C. Cobb of that unit. The 19th came from such East Texas counties as Marion, Panola, and San Augustine. These volunteers saw action in the trans Mississipi theater and participated in the Bayou Teche and Red River Campaigns in the fall of 1863 and spring of 1864. [1]

Today Pvt. Cobb honored another East Texas unit -- the First Texas who came from Harris and Galveston Counties. In the photos here he stands about 150 yards due north of the assembly point of Hood's Brigade (Hampton Legion, 18th Ga., and 1st, 4th, and 5th Texas) at 7 a.m. on the 17th. By 7:20 they had swept out of the West Woods for their rendezvous with Hooker's I Corps in the Cornfield. Of the four regiments, the First Texas suffered the most. "The 1st Texas left their flag, 8 color-bearers and 186 of their 226 men in the Cornfield. Their 82.6% casualties was the most of any regiment of either side during the War."[2]

So who is Pvt. R.C. Cobb? You know, I didn't get his name but I did thank him for his visit and for his dedication to keeping history alive.

[1] Retrieved from
[2] Retrieved from Brian Downey's Antietam on the Web

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Hey there this week on Collectors' Quest I am featuring people who collect all kinds of militaria. One guy has a huge collection of civil war soldier portraits and another has a whole WWII room. Check it out!