CS -Foster, Samuel Thompson

Samuel (Sam) Thompson Foster


Born: November 9, 1829

Birthplace: Union District, South Carolina

Father: Isaac J. Foster (?-?)

Mother: Frances (nee Stribling) Foster

1st Wife: May Ham (1836-1896)
(Buried: Laredo City Cemetery, Laredo, Texas)​

Married: January 11, 1855

2nd Wife: Bettie Moore (1861-1939)
(Buried: Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas)​

Married: 1896


Elizabeth Foster Atlee (1855-1932)​
Ida Alice Foster Kerr (1866-1941)​
Mary Foster (1867-1966)​
Samuel Thompson Foster (1881-1941)​

Occupation Before the War

1855-1858: Practiced law in Halletsville, Lavaca County, Texas​
1858-1860: County Clerk in Oakville, Texas​
1860-1861: Justice of the Peace in Oakville, Texas​

Civil War Career

August 1861: Served in local reserve company​
January 1862: Joined Company H, 24th Texas Cavalry​
April 10, 1862: Mustered in as 1st Lieutenant, Company H, 24th Texas Cav​
1862: Unit marched to Arkansas​
1862: Stationed at Fort Hindman​
January 11, 1863: Was captured at Arkansas Post​
1863-1865: Captain of Company H, 24th Texas Cavalry (Promoted while in prison camp)​
May 1863: Exchanged at City Point​
May 1863: Brigade joined Cleburne's Division, Army of Tennessee​
September 19-20 1863: Fought at Chickamauga​
November 25, 1863: Fought at Missionary Ridge​
November 27, 1863: Wounded at Ringgold Gap​
March 1864: Returned to his unit​
May-September, 1864: Atlanta Campaign​
May 27, 1864: Fought at Pickett's Mill​
July 21-22, 1864: Fought at Bald Hill​
August 31-September 1, 1864: Fought at Jonesboro​
November-December 1864: Franklin-Nashville Campaign​
November 30, 1864: Fought at Franklin​
December 15, 1864: Wounded in the right leg 6 inches above the Knee at Granbury's Redoubt, Battle of Nashville​
Late December, 1864: Evaded capture and rejoined his unit​
March-April 1865: Carolinas Campaign​
April 1865: Unit Reorganized; Given command of Company I, 1st Texas Consolidated​
April 26, 1865: Surrendered 51 men of his company at Bennett Place​
May 3, 1865: Began journey home​

Occupation After the War

1866: Texas House of Representatives​
Voted against the Fourteenth Amendment​
Helped set in place proto-Jim Crow Laws​
Moved to Corpus Christi, due to lawlessness in Oakville​
Manager at N. Gussett Merchandising and Banking house.​
Helped organize the First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi; held first meeting in his home
1875: Organized the Star Rifles militia companies to protect town from Mexican bandits​
1880: Moved to Laredo​
1880-1919: Commissioner for U.S. District Courts, Southern District of Texas​
Became a member of the Free Masons​
Commander of Santos Benavides Post 637, UCV​
Memoir and Diary, One of Cleburne's Own, published by Norman Brown in 1964​

Died: January 9, 1919

Place of Death: Laredo, Texas

Age at Time of Death: 89

Burial Place: Masonic Section, Laredo City Cemetery, Laredo, Texas
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When he was elected as Representatives it was for the 17th District of Texas. I happen to live in one of those mentioned countys(Bee, Live Oak,Karnes,Atascosa, McMullen, Frio, LaSalle, Zavzla, and Dimmit)