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COUPLAND, ANDREW JACKSON

Aragorn Storm Miller

COUPLAND, ANDREW JACKSON (1814–1874). Andrew Jackson Coupland, minister, judge, and Confederate officer, was born in near Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee, on December 7, 1812. He was the son of Andrew Corbin and Elizabeth (Bell) Coupland. He was raised in Knox County. On June 28, 1836, he married Mary Elizabeth Miller in that county. This couple had twelve children. Coupland lived in Alabama in 1844 before moving to Leon in Leon County, Texas, in 1846 and finally settling in Cherokee County. In Cherokee County, Coupland became one of the leading citizens of the community and helped found Knoxville, Texas. He was an active Mason, served as a Presbyterian minister, county surveyor from 1850 to 1854, and as the chief justice of the county from 1854 to 1862. In 1857 Coupland was awarded a land grant consisting of 416 acres. He enlisted in the Eleventh Texas Infantry Regiment as a lieutenant colonel on April 4, 1862. He was appointed to the position by Gen. Paul Octave Hébert, but was not reelected to the position after the unit was formed. The unit trained at Camp Lubbock near Houston from May to August 1862. The Eleventh Texas Infantry primarily operated in the Trans-Mississippi and saw action in Arkansas and Louisiana, including the battles of Bayou Bourbeau, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins Ferry. Coupland was with this unit when it was surrendered on May 26, 1865. Following the war he returned to Cherokee County where he worked as a tax assessor in 1865. He died on August 29, 1874, and was buried in Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas, at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861–1865, Volume 2, (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcc.html), accessed March 8, 2011. Richard G. Lowe, Walker's Texas Division, C.S.A.: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004). James A. Mundie, Jr., with Bruce S. Allardice, Dean E. Letzring, and John H. Luckey, Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002). Hattie Joplin Roach, A History of Cherokee County (Dallas: Southwest, 1934).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Aragorn Storm Miller, "COUPLAND, ANDREW JACKSON," accessed May 27, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcofc.

Uploaded on March 29, 2011. Modified on April 11, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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