The Confederates of Chappell Hill, Texas

Prosperity, Civil War and Decline


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About the Book

Texas was the South’s frontier in the antebellum period. The vast new state represented the hope and future of many Southern cotton planters. As a result, Texas changed tremendously during the 1850s as increasing numbers of Southern planters moved westward to settle. Planters brought with them large numbers of slaves to plant, cultivate and pick the valuable cash crop; by 1860, slaves made up 30 percent of the total Texas population. No state in the South grew nearly as fast as Texas during this decade, and as the booming economy for cotton led the economic development, the state became increasingly embroiled in the national debate about whether slavery should exist within a democratic republic dedicated to the freedom and independence of man.

This work is centered on the role played by the town of Chappell Hill during this portion of Texas history. It offers details about the area’s pre-war prosperity as a center of wealth, influence and aristocracy and describes the angry fervor of the period leading up to the war. Men of this small town played a role in many of the major campaigns and battles of the war, and their motivations for enlisting and their tales of duty are included here. Through excerpts from their correspondence and journals, the book emphasizes personal experiences of the soldiers. Post-war adventures are also offered as the author explores Texas resistance to Federal occupation, the town’s yellow fever epidemic and a period of reconciliation as aging veterans gather at Blue-Gray reunions to reunite the nation.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Chicoine is the author of numerous books on history. He lived in Texas for more than twenty-five years and now lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. His website can be accessed at

Bibliographic Details

Stephen Chicoine

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: 43 photos, 2 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2005]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6418-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8322-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      5

1. Texas Secedes      13
2. Terry’s Texas Rangers’ First Blood      28
3. Sibley’s Brigade and Waller’s Regiment      37
4. Hood’s Texas Brigade Moves into Action      45
5. Capture at Arkansas Post      58
6. Glory at Galveston      66
7. Marauding Cavalry      75
8. Vicksburg and Gettysburg—The Turning Points      87
9. The Home Front 1863–1864      95
10. Eastern Tennessee Campaign      106
11. The Defense of Atlanta      118
12. The Wilderness and Petersburg      129
13. The End of the War      136
14. Texas at the Close of the War      144
15. Texas Homecomings      155
16. Occupation and Reconstruction      166
17. Yellow Fever      181
18. National Reconciliation      187

Epilogue      219
Notes      227
Bibliography      243
Index      253

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Highly recommend”—The Civil War News
  • “Excellent”—The Journal of Southern History
  • “Worthwhile…excellent photographs…the book surely is worth the tariff”—America’s Civil War