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ENGLEDOW, WILLIAM GUNN (1827–1870). William Gunn Engledow, Confederate officer, was born in Warren County, Tennessee, in 1827. He was the son of John Engledow and Elizabeth (Simpson) Engledow. Around 1835 the Engledow family moved to Melrose in Nacogdoches County, Texas. On July 14, 1850, Engledow married Nancy Ridgell in Nacogdoches. Afterwards, he and his wife resettled in Knoxville in Cherokee County, where he worked as a farmer. This couple had three sons and two daughters.

On February 5, 1862, Engledow enlisted as a captain in Company C of the Eleventh Texas Infantry, known as "Engledow's Rebels," in Rusk, Texas, and beginning in the autumn of 1862, he saw extensive action with the Eleventh in Arkansas and Louisiana, including Bayou Bourbeau, Mansfield, and Pleasant Hill. After the deaths in battle of his superiors, Engledow received promotions to major and lieutenant colonel. At the battle of Pleasant Hill, on April 9, 1864, he was wounded and had an arm amputated. After this injury, Engledow returned home to Knoxville, Cherokee County, where he worked as a merchant. He died on September 11, 1870, and was buried in Knoxville Cemetery. On Memorial Day (May 30) in 2005, a marker commemorating Engledow was erected by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Knoxville.


Ogreta W. Huttash, Civil War Records of Cherokee County, Texas: Vol. I (Jacksonville, Texas: 1982). Texans in the Civil War: Lt. Col. William Gunn Engledow (, accessed March 10, 2011. Tri-County Leader, 2005-06-02/Bulletin (, accessed March 10, 2011.

Aragorn Storm Miller


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "ENGLEDOW, WILLIAM GUNN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 04, 2015. Uploaded on April 1, 2011. Modified on April 6, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.