Cameron, Allen E. (1828–1863)


By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: March 17, 2011

Updated: July 7, 2011


Allen E. Cameron, Confederate officer, was born in Scotland in 1828. Cameron came with his family to Texas during the Republic period and settled in Galveston County. In the 1850s Cameron served as tax collector for Galveston County. He was an auctioneer in Galveston and in Mobile, Alabama. Around this time, he married Mary Clark Cameron. This couple had at least one son.

Upon the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Cameron enlisted for service on October 18, 1861, in Waul's Texas Legion. On April 24, 1862, he was elected captain. On May 29, 1862, Cameron was promoted to major. He served with Waul's Texas Legion in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Cameron was killed in action during the siege of Vicksburg during the summer of 1863. In 1881 Cameron's widow received the first Confederate Scrip Land Certificate, for 1280 acres, as compensation for his death in battle.

Field Officers Serving in Texas Confederate Regiments (http://history-sites.com/~kjones/txoffs.html), accessed March 8, 2011. S. C. Griffin, History of Galveston, Texas (Galveston: Cawston, 1931). Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861–1865, Volume 2, (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwcc.html), accessed March 8, 2011. Thomas L. Miller, "Land Grants to Confederate Veterans and Widows," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 69 (July 1965).

Categories:
  • Military
  • Confederate Military
  • Regimental and Staff Officers
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • Civil War
  • Antebellum Texas
Places:
  • Galveston
  • Upper Gulf Coast
  • East Texas

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Cameron, Allen E.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/cameron-allen-e.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 17, 2011
July 7, 2011

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