A Force to be Reckoned With: A History of Granbury's Texas Brigade 1861-1865


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Nov 20, 2012

And so they did. From the panhandle across the state to the Gulf Coast, men of Texas mustered units and enlisted to fight for the South. What began as a number of mediocre military organizations, through a costly series of trials, ultimately was transformed to become a premier brigade in perhaps the finest division of the Army of Tennessee. Somewhere close to ten and one thousand men from Texas enlisted in units that formed the bulk of Granbury's Infantry Brigade, yet by war's end, somewhat less than five hundred would survive to be surrendered. Not many units could point to a more illustrious record, or a greater loss ratio than they suffered in the war.

The ones who lived through it straggled back to Texas that summer of 1865, though many more months would pass before virtually all made it home: among them would be those freed from far-off prison-camps, or from long tenures in hospitals that enabled them to at last recover. Yet, no matter how long it took them, for those who did come home, each brought tortured memories of his participation, mixed with a great sense of pride for knowing that they had, indeed, been A Force to be Reckoned With.

Volume I of this series chronicles the history of these men from each unit's genesis in Texas through the Battle of Arkansas Post in January of 1863.




Just heard of Sessums' new history of Granbury's Texas Brigade, which is based on his doctoral dissertation of the same name. There's been a couple other books written on Granbury's Brigade - Granbury's Texas Brigade: Diehard Western Confederates by John R. Lundberg and This Band of Heroes: Granbury's Texas Brigade, C.S.A. by James McCaffrey. I have read the former and thought it was good, though others have said that it is largely based off of Sessums' and McCaffrey's work and does include some errors. It will be interesting to see how Sessums' two-volume history compares. I see that just the first volume alone is 354 pages and only covers the first half of the brigade's history, so it should be pretty detailed.