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James A. Hathcock
Eighteenth Texas Cavalry Flag
Eighteenth Texas Cavalry Flag. Courtesy of the Texas State LIbrary and Archives Commission. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

EIGHTEENTH TEXAS CAVALRY. The Eighteenth Texas Cavalry, also known as Darnell's Cavalry Regiment, was organized at Dallas, Texas, on March 15, 1862. The regiment initially had ten companies lettered A to K comprising men from the counties of Bastrop, Bell, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Harris, Henderson, Johnson, Travis, and Williamson. Commanding the regiment was Col. Nicholas H. Darnell with field officers Lt. Col. John T. Coit, Maj. Charles C. Morgan, and Maj. William A. Ryan. The regiment was first assigned to duty in the Indian Territory where it became involved in a dispute with that area's commanding officer Gen. Albert Pike. The dispute stemmed from the regiment moving its camp without notifying General Pike. Soon after, the regiment transferred to Arkansas Post, Arkansas, and General Paul O. Hébert recommended dismounting the regiment in July 1862. The regiment fought in the battle of Arkansas Post that started on January 4, 1863, and was captured by Union forces at the conclusion of fighting on January 11. Company H was assigned to the prison camp in Little Rock at the time of the capture.

Orville A. Oatman of the Eighteenth
Orville A. Oatman of the Eighteenth Cavalry (dismounted). Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

In April 1863 most of the men serving in the regiment were exchanged and returned to Confederate service. From May 1863 to war's end the Eighteenth Texas Cavalry served in the Army of Tennessee. By July 1863 the Eighteenth Texas Cavalry Regiment was consolidated with the Seventeenth Texas Cavalry Regiment. Additional consolidations throughout the war took place with the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Texas Cavalry regiments.

Company G, Eighteenth Texas Cavalry Veterans
Company G, Eighteenth Texas Cavalry Veterans. Courtesy of the Portal to Texas History. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

The Eighteenth Texas Cavalry took part in more than thirty engagements and battles while serving in the Army of Tennessee. Its most notable battles and campaigns were Chickamauga on September 19–20, 1863; the Chattanooga siege and Chattanooga from September to November 1863; the Atlanta campaign from May to September 1864; Jonesboro from August 31 to September 1, 1864; Franklin on November 30, 1864; Nashville on December 15–16, 1864; the Carolinas campaign from February to April, 1865; and Bentonville on March 19–21, 1865. The Eighteenth Texas Cavalry suffered heavy casualties throughout the war and probably fewer than 125 enlisted men and officers were present at the regiment's surrender on April 26, 1865, at Bennett's House, Durham Station, in North Carolina.


Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army (Midlothian, Virginia: Derwent, 1987). Stewart Sifakis, Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Texas (New York: Facts on File, 1995). Vertical File, Historical Research Center, Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas.

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

Handbook of Texas Online, James A. Hathcock, "EIGHTEENTH TEXAS CAVALRY," accessed April 01, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qke04.

Uploaded on April 7, 2011. Modified on October 26, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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