Texas declared its secession from the United States on February 1, 1861. It joined the Confederate States of America on March 2, 1861. Over 70,000 Texans served in the Confederate Army and fought in every major battle throughout the war. Texas provided 45 regiments of cavalry, 23 regiments of infantry, 12 battalions of cavalry and 5 regiments of heavy artillery. Among the most famous units were the Terry's Texas Rangers, many of whom became peace keepers in the old west.

Pvt. James Lee

By Matthew Aparicio

Pvt. James Franklin ‘Jim’ Lee was born on March 19, 1839, in Hickory, Newton County, Mississippi. He married Caroline Gibson Lee (1842-1933) on January 3, 1861, in Polk County, Texas. Together they had seven children.

James enlisted in the Confederacy in Freestone County, Texas about the year 1862. He served from 1862 until the end of the war. Pvt. Lee served in Captain Richardson’s Company and in Elmore’s Regiment; Co. D. 20th Reg. TX. Infantry. His command was stationed in Galveston Texas.

James was one of four brothers that served in the Confederacy. James died on October 24, 1893 in Trinity County, Texas. He is buried at Bennett Cemetery, Apple Springs, Texas.

Pvt. Stephen J. Worley

By Kent Worley

Pvt. Stephen J. Worley was born in 1837 in Hardin County, Tennessee and died in 1863 at the age of 26 years in Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas. He was 25 years old and married to Barbara Howard at the time of his enlistment.

Pvt. Worley was mustered on March 20, 1862 in Fairfield, Texas in the Texas Infantry, 28th Texas Calvary, Company H and mustered out in 1863 in Lewisville, Arkansas. He died after being mustered out early perhaps due to an injury or illness that later resulted in his demise.

John Lee

By Matthew Aparicio

John Lee was born in Newton County, Mississippi on June 5, 1836. His first wife was Mary Moulds Lee (1842-1879). After his wife passed away, he married again to Ciatta ‘Siety’ Adams Lee. Altogether he had sixteen children.

Pvt. Lee enlisted on June 13, 1864 to serve three years, but as Honorably discharged on November 9, 1864 on Surgeon’s certificate of disability.

Pvt. Lee served in Company F, 22nd Regiment, Texas Infantry; which was formed by the addition of four companies to the 5th Battalion (also known as Hubbard’s) Texas Infantry.

John passed away on February 13, 1899 in Trinity County, Texas and is buried in Bennett cemetery, Apple Springs, Texas.

John Williamson Manning

By Pat Crawford

John Williamson Manning was born on November 30, 1826 in Conehu County, Alabama, the son of Marcum Lott Manning, Jr. and Candace Brimberry. John was one of the earliest settlers in Texas. He settled in Walker County where he met and married Martha Elvira Cook on December 22, 1853.

John joined the 12th Regiment, Texas Infantry under Colonel Overton Young in Huntsville in the spring of 1862. The regiment was assigned to the Trans-Mississippi Department and saw action in Louisiana and Arkansas. After fighting at Jenkin’s Ferry, the regiment moved to Hempstead and disbanded in the spring of 1865.

John and Martha had three daughters and two sons. John died in Madison County, Texas on January 7, 1900.