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Holman, Cyrus Kirkham (1821–1877)

Aragorn Storm Miller Biography Entry

yrus Kirkham Holman, sheriff, landowner, lawyer, and Confederate officer, was born in Frederick, Missouri, on December 7, 1821, the son of James and Rebecca W. (Tong) Holman. By the 1840s, Holman had moved to Texas and settled in Lamar County, where he purchased land worth $3,000. In 1843 he married Mary B. of Virginia who was born in 1824. Between 1848 and 1850, Holman served as sheriff for that county and was affiliated with the local Whig party. On March 20, 1848, he received a title to 320 acres of land in Lamar County. As of 1850 he owned five slaves. On December 9, 1859, he received title to 160 more acres in Lamar County. In 1861 Holman was living in the Los Angeles, California, area. He enlisted as a private in the Los Angeles Mounted Rifles, as part of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston's effort to bring a fighting force from California to join the Confederacy. During Johnston's journey east, Holman was promoted to sergeant. Holman entered the Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry Regiment on March 20, 1862, at Polk County, Arkansas, as captain of Company K. He received a promotion to major in April 1862. At the time of his service he was five foot nine, with gray eyes and auburn hair. The Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry Regiment took part in several engagements including the battle of Pea Ridge from March 6–8, 1862, the Corinth campaign from April to June 1862, the battle of Iuka on September 19, 1862, the battle of Corinth from October 3–4, 1862, the Vicksburg campaign from May to July 1863, the Meridian campaign from February to March 1864, the Atlanta campaign from May to September 1864, and the Franklin-Nashville campaign from October 1864 to January 1865. The regiment surrendered on May 4, 1865, at Citronelle, Alabama, under the command of Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor, commander of the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. Holman returned to Lamar County, Texas, after the war. He died on January 20, 1877.

Gene C. Armistead, "California's Confederate Militia: The Los Angeles Mounted Rifles," California and the Civil War, California State Military Museum (, accessed March 16, 2011. Randolph B. Campbell, "The Whig Party of Texas in the Elections of 1848 and 1852," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 73 (July 1969). The Paris News, Paris, Texas, Published Tuesday Afternoon, December 17, 1940—page 7: Today 100th Anniversary Of Creation Of Lamar County (, accessed May 26, 2006.

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

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

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Holman, Cyrus Kirkham,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 22, 2021,

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