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Brett J. Derbes and Aragorn Storm Miller

EGBERT, DANIEL (1838–1914). Daniel Egbert, grocer, bookkeeper, and Confederate officer, was born in La Port, Indiana, on March 6, 1838, to Charles A. Egbert and Mary (Thomas) Egbert. Egbert immigrated to Texas with his family in 1842 and settled in Cherokee County. By 1850 he worked as a merchant in Sabine, Texas. He married Elizabeth J. Finley in Cherokee County on December 9, 1858. This couple had two sons and one daughter. In 1860 Egbert moved with his family to Palestine in Anderson County, where he established himself as a druggist and grocer’s clerk.

On October 31, 1861, Egbert enlisted as a private in Company I of the Tenth Texas Cavalry Regiment in Taos, Texas. He served as the commissary of subsistence for the company, but on June 24, 1862, he was discharged following a surgery for chronic nephritis and enlargement of the prostate that caused incredible pain in his lower abdomen. Later in the year he raised a company of cavalry. This unit was incorporated as Company A, referred to as both Border’s Cavalry Regiment and Anderson’s Regiment, with Egbert serving as captain. He was promoted to major on January 9, 1864.

By 1870 Egbert resided in Rusk, Texas, where he worked as a clerk in a store. On November 30, 1871, he was selected to help build a toll bridge over the Nueces River. He relocated to nearby Palestine in 1880 and was employed as a clerk in a grocery store. From 1886 to 1889 he worked as secretary and tax collector in Palestine. Egbert was accused of misappropriating $5,000 as tax collector but was exonerated of charges in 1891. In 1900 he was widowed, lived in Austin, Texas, and worked as an assistant clerk in the office of comptroller of public accounts. He was a Mason and was involved in ceremonies to lay cornerstones at the Galveston Cotton Exchange and the Houston Grapeland Lodge. From 1900 to 1906 Egbert lived in Dallas and handled tax matters in the controller’s office. He married Catherine Holeman at the First Congregational Church in Austin on January 24, 1908. Egbert was employed as a bookkeeper in Dallas County when he registered for a Confederate pension in 1912. He died on September 1, 1914, and was buried at East Hill Cemetery in Palestine.


Confederate Veterans, East Hill Cemetery (, accessed March 10, 2011. Fort Worth Gazette, May 9, 1891. Galveston Daily News, November 30, 1871.

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