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MCPHAILL, HUGH A. (1840–1865). Hugh A. McPhaill, Confederate officer, was born in Arkansas in 1840, the son of Hugh McPhaill. In 1850, he lived in Fannin County, Texas, but by 1860, had moved to Washington County. McPhaill married Mary West, also of Washington County, on December 31, 1863. In 1865 the couple gave birth to a daughter, Carriebell, who died in 1866 and was buried in the Brenham Masonic Cemetery. Like many men from Washington County, McPhaill joined the Fifth Texas Cavalry at the beginning of the Civil War. He was commissioned as captain in command of Company E on September 4, 1861, and led this force in the battle of Valverde on February 20–21, 1862. On May 4, 1863, McPhaill received promotion to major and led the Fifth Cavalry at several engagements throughout Louisiana in 1863 and 1864, including the battles of La Fourche, Monet's Ferry, Mansura, and Yellow Bayou. McPhaill died in 1865 and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Brenham, Washington County, Texas.


Field Officers Serving in Texas Confederate Regiments (, accessed March 8, 2011. Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970).

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, "MCPHAILL, HUGH A.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on April 7, 2011. Modified on May 11, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.