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MCNUTT, ROBERT

MCNUTT, ROBERT (1795–1853). Robert McNutt, pioneer farmer, Indian fighter, and officer in the Texas Revolution, was born on May 1, 1795, in Maury County in what later became Tennessee. In September 1813 he enlisted as a private to fight in the War of 1812. By October 1814 he was a lieutenant in the Twenty-seventh Regular Tennessee Militia, and by 1826 he was a first major in the Second Regiment of Maury County. While in Tennessee McNutt also engaged in land speculation and operated an inn. On February 26, 1818, he married Mary Jackson of Maury County. They had four sons and six daughters. McNutt's youngest son and daughter were born in Texas. The McNutt family moved to Texas in 1834 and, after receiving two headrights in Williamson and Austin counties, settled near Bellville, Austin County. On March 1, 1836, McNutt assumed the rank of captain and joined lieutenants Gibson Kuykendall and John Burleson in forming a company of Austin County volunteers to relieve the Alamo. After the fall of the Alamo, McNutt and his company, under the command of Gen. Sam Houston, joined in the retreat from Gonzales. During the battle of San Jacinto, McNutt, who had recently been promoted to major, was placed in command of the baggage guard and ammunition. He was also responsible for the wounded and sick, many of whom were suffering from measles. He was relieved from further military duties in 1836 and for his service received two grants totaling 960 acres in Bastrop and Lee counties. He later served as tax assessor and collector for Austin County until ill health forced him to resign. In 1851 he settled near Georgetown, where he lived until his death, on August 31, 1853. In 1963 a historical marker was erected at McNutt's gravesite in Williamson County honoring his military service at the battle of San Jacinto. His name is also engraved on the historical plaque honoring the heroes of the battle of San Jacinto at the San Jacinto Monument and Museum.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Eugene C. Barker, "The San Jacinto Campaign," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 4 (April 1901). Seymour V. Connor et al., Battles of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1967; 3d ed. 1980). James M. Day et al., Soldiers of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1973).

Dorothy McNutt Humphreys

Citation

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

Dorothy McNutt Humphreys, "MCNUTT, ROBERT," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmcav), accessed December 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.