John L Boatright and the CSA 21st Texas Infantry.

Of all the graves at Pond Springs Cemetery, there is one that interests me the most as a student of military history. John Boatright served as a private in the 21st Texas Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army, as well as in the Mexican War 1846-1848. I decided to do a little research about his regiment at the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors System (here at I found his regiment, but I didn’t find him in the roster!

But that’s not unheard of. A lot of the regiments in the American civil war, especially the Confederate ones, weren’t the best at record keeping. What’s helpful is a website I found that had an entry by his 2nd Great grandson Leland Carter of Fruitvale, Texas, which is found here. It confirms that his wife received a Confederate pension.

His unit, the 21st CSA Texas Infantry served at Sabine Pass which Union forces were constantly trying to capture.  Apparently the unit was also at Palmetto Ranch, Texas, which was the last battle of the Civil War fought on May 13, 1865, nearly a month after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox (hard to imagine a world without CNN!)

So that’s interesting to know. He had quite the interesting life, being one of Stephen F Austin’s early colonists (albeit at the age of two!) and fighting in both the Mexican War and the Civil War.

– Dave

Published in: on February 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

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