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Felix Huston Robertson

1839 – 1928

Robertson was the last survivor of the general officers of the Confederacy and the only native Texan to achieve a wreath around his stars. He was born at Washington, Texas, March 9, 1839, the son of Gen. Jerome B Robertson. He attended Baylor University when it was located at Independence, Texas. He was appointed to West Point in1857, but resigned January 29, 1861, to offer services to the Confederacy.

Commissioned 2nd lieutenant of artillery on March9, 1861, he took part in the reduction of Sumter, served in Pensacola on the staff of Gen. Gladden; and at Shiloh, commanded a battery with the rank of captain. He distinguished himself at Murfreesboro where he was promoted major, and led a battalion in Longstreet’s Corps at Chickamauga. In January 1864 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and placed in command of the artillery of Wheeler’s cavalry corps, with which he served during the Atlanta campaign. Promoted brigadier general on july26, 1864, he served for a time as Wheeler’s chief of staff, then led a brigade composed of 8th and 10th Texas and 4th Tennessee cavalry regiments. He was leading a division of cavalry until he was severely wounded at Buckhead Creek near Augusta, Georgia on November 29, 1864. He saw no further active service, but April 1865 he was sent by Gen Howell Cobb to treat for the surrender of the city of Macon with his old West Point classmate, Maj. Gen James H Wilson.

After the war he returned to Waco studying law. At the time of his death in Waco, April 20, 1928, he had for many years been the dean of the local bar. He is buried in oakwood Cemetery there in Waco.



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