The Tom Green Rifles, Co. B, 4th Texas Infantry

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I've posted this before elsewhere on the forum but also copying it here....

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Reunion of the Tom Green Rifles. From the Confederate Veteran Vol. 5 (November 1897).

Some of the men in the photo:

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Valerius Cincinnatus Giles (third from right, middle row), born in Shelby County, Tennessee, Jan. 26, 1843. In 1849 he and his family settled on a farm near Austin, Texas. At 18 he enlisted in the Tom Green Rifles, Co. B of the 4th Texas Infantry. He served with the Texas Brigade from 1861 to mid 1864, until he was captured at Wauhatchie (aka Raccoon Mountain by the Texans) on Oct. 29, 1863. Giles was sent to Camp Morton though he managed to escape soon after, later joining Walker Taylor's cavalry command in Kentucky which he served with for the remainder of the war. Giles later authored the memoir, Rags and Hope.

GILES, VAL C. - W., Gaines' Mill (June 27, 1862): Prom., 4Cpl., Nov. 10, 1862: Prom., 4Sgt., May 1, 1863: POW, Raccoon Mtn. (Oct. 28, 1863): Imprisoned at Camp Morton, Md.: Escaped and returned to Tex., Nov., 1864.

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George L. Robertson (second from right, middle row).

ROBERTSON, GEO. L. - Prom., 1Cpl., July 24, 1862: W. (neck & shoulder) & POW, Antietam (Sept. 17, 1862): Exchanged: Wound furlough granted, Dec., 1862: AWOL in Tex. since May 3, 1863: Paroled, Austin, July 27, 1865.

All Giles has to say of him in his company roster is:
"Robertson, George L.; was left on the battlefield at Sharpsburg for dead; recovered, returned to Texas and died in Austin in 1898."

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William "Bill" R. Hamby (fourth from right, middle row).

According to J.B. Polley's history of the brigade, p. 293, Hamby served in the 4th Texas until November 1862, after which he was discharged due to wounds suffered at Second Manassas and Sharpsburg. He returned to Texas in March 1863 and set out to join Morgan's cavalry with ten other men; they were attached to Helm's Scouts in the 10th Kentucky Cavalry. Hamby was made first lieutenant then, which was probably around when this photo was taken. His company later became Co. H of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry. Hamby was wounded and captured in July 1863, later exchanged and returned to active duty. He was in command of the company when they surrendered and were paroled on April 26, 1865. Some of Hamby's reminiscences are also included in Polley's history of the Texas Brigade.

HAMBY, WM. ROBT. - W., 2nd Manassas (Aug.30, 1862): Detailed as nurse to wounded at Winchester, Va., Sept.30, 1862: Dischgd. for disability, Nov. 4, 1862.

In his company roster, Val C. Giles says of Hamby:
"Hamby, Wm. R., handsomest man in the regiment, severely wounded at Second Manassas and before recovery went into battle at Sharpsburg—without shoes—but came out shod. After the war closed he went to Nashville, Tenn., and when Porter was elected governor of that state he appointed Hamby as Adjutant General; later on his returned to Texas, represented Travis county in the legislature, and is now President of the Citizens' Bank and Trust Company."
 

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Benjamin Franklin Carter, captain of the Tom Green Rifles and later lieutenant colonel of the 4th Texas Infantry. He was mortally wounded in the attack on Little Round Top at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.

More info on his Find A Grave page: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24692107
 
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