★★★ Gillespie, Clayton Crawford

Clayton Crawford Gillespie


Born: January 18, 1822

Birthplace: Franklin County, Georgia

Father: John Patterson Gillespie

Ann Harley Garrison

Annie M. Preston 1836 – 1911
(Buried: Mission Burial Burial Park South, San Antonio, Texas)


Corporal Benjamin Mann Gillespie 1861 – 1901​
(Buried: Hillcrest, Fort Davis, Texas)​
Tennant Lomax Gillespie 1862 – 1881​
(Buried: Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas)​
Nicholas Pierce Gillespie 1864 – 1937​
(Buried: Mart Cemetery, Mart, Texas)​

Occupation before War:

Methodist Minister in Galveston, Texas, and Louisiana​
Editor of Texas Christian Advocate Newspaper​
Editor of New Orleans Christian Advocate Newspaper​

Civil War Career:

1862 – 1863: Colonel of 25th​ Texas Cavalry Regiment​
1863: Captured at Battle of Arkansas Post​
1863: Exchanged in Prisoner of War exchange on April 29th​
1863: Colonel of Consolidated Texas Cavalry Dismounted​
1863: Relieved of command and went home to Texas​
1864 – 1865: Confederate Post Commander at Hempstead, Texas
1865: Paroled by the Union Army in Houston, Texas on June 22nd​

Occupation after War:

Minister in Houston, Texas​
Editor of Houston Telegraph Newspaper​
Editor of San Antonio Express Newspaper​

Died: December 26, 1876

Place of Death: Austin, Texas

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Burial Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, Texas
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
On January1, 1863 the 25th cavalry was in Gen. Deshler's brigade of Gen. Walker's Texas Division. The whole brigade was captured at Arkansas Post on Jan. 11th.After his exchange he was again with the 25th in Georgia until April 1864.The unit at this time had been consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 24th Cavalrys and were serving in the Army ofTennessee. The article that I'm reading states "He and his regiment" were ordered to return to Texas in November 1864. It mentions nothing about his being relieved of command. It does seem he was seperated from the 25th as they remained with AOT and surrendered in North Carolina.Col. Gillespie surrendered in Lubbock, Texas on April 26, 1865. A unit is also mentioned in the surrender, What unit was he commanding at this time?