David Park

MORIN, JOHN MILTON (ca 1822–1914). John Milton Morin, commander of the Third Cavalry Battalion, Texas State Troops, was born in Campbell County, Kentucky, around 1822. John married Mary A. Keen of Kentucky in the 1840s, and the two had their first child, a daughter Cordelia, in 1847. In the 1850s the couple had five more children and moved to Burleson County, Texas, where Morin worked as a farmer, with property valued at nearly $4,000.

At the onset of the Civil War, Morin enlisted at Houston, Texas, on September 7, 1861, as a private in Company D, Eighth Texas Cavalry, also known as Terry's Texas Rangers. According to accounts, by the battle of Fort Jackson in April 1862, Morin had attained the rank of captain. That same month Morin was discharged by substitution for unknown reasons. It is possible that he was transferred or promoted, because upon his return to Texas he formed and commanded the Third Cavalry Battalion, Texas State Troops, as a lieutenant colonel. The unit, organized in the fall of 1863 by authority of the Texas State Legislature, was composed of six companies that were assigned to defend the state"s northern and western borders. Because it was only assigned six months service, the Third has no records suggesting it was involved in any military action and at the conclusion of its tenure in the spring of 1864 was permanently discharged.

Following the war, John Morin continued to protect the state by working as a city marshall in Brenham, Washington County, in 1870. By the following decade he and his wife Mary moved again to Houston where he worked as a carpenter. In 1900 John Morin was a widower and lived with his son-in-law in Houston. He had filed a Texas Confederate pension application the previous year. In it he claimed no property, no income, and only "a carpenters chest and some carpenters tools,"not worth more than twenty dollars as his personal possessions. He further went on to state that "were it not for my friends I would surely suffer." Fortunately the pension was approved. John Morin passed away of senility on December 11, 1914, at the age of ninety-six, and is buried at Greens Bayou.


Stewart Sifakis, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Texas (New York: Facts on File, 1995).

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