(Front Side):Remembers the valor and devotion of
her sons who served at the Wilderness
May 6, 1864
From near this spot the Texas Brigade
pleaded with General Lee not to
expose himself to Federal fire and
then after seeing him to safety,
launched a vigorous counterattack
that stemmed the advance of Hancock's
Corps and saved the right flank of
the Confederate army. Of approximately
800 troops involved the Texas Brigade
counted over 500 casualties.
Texas troops at the Wilderness were
1st Texas Infantry Regiment, Lt. Col.
E.S. Bass, 4th Texas Infantry Regiment,
Col. J.P. Bane; 5th Texas Infantry
Regiment, Lt. Col. K. Bryan, the Texas
Brigade included the Third Arkansas
(Brig. Gen. John Gregg's Texas Brigade
Maj. Gen. Charles W. Field's Division,
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's Corps).
At the Wilderness
"Who are you my boys?" Lee cried as he
saw them gathering.
"Texas boys," they yelled, their number
multiplying every second.
The Texans - Hood's Texans, of
Longstreet's Corps, just at the right
place and at the right moment! After
the strain of the dawn, the sight of
these grenadier guards of the South
was too much for Lee. For once the
dignity of the Commanding General was
shattered for once his poise was shaken.
"Hurrah for Texas," he shouted, waving
his hat, "Hurrah for Texas."
The willing veterans sprang into
position...He would lead them in the
countercharge...He spurred... Travler
...on the heels of the infantry men.
..."Go back, General Lee. Go back!"
..."we won't go on unless you go back!"
-Douglas Southall Freeman