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Hooks, Robert Warren (1836–1868)

Aragorn Storm Miller Biography Entry

Robert Warren Hooks, planter and Confederate officer, was born in the town of Leighton, Franklin County, Alabama, in 1836. He was the son of Warren and Elizabeth (Robert) Hooks. Around 1848 the Hooks relocated to Bowie County in Texas, where Hooks's father established a 5,000-acre plantation along the Red River. This site became a hub for local elites and ultimately became the town of Hooks, Texas. By 1860 the Hooks estate was valued at over $100,000 and constituted one of the largest landholdings in Bowie County. In the late 1850s Hooks was a student at McKenzie College in Clarksville. Immediately prior to the Civil War, Hooks established a home for himself at Myrtle Springs, the site of Bowie County's post office.

At the beginning of the Civil War, Hooks enlisted in the Eleventh Texas Cavalry as first lieutenant in K Company on June 28, 1861. Following his unit's reorganization in Mississippi, Hooks received promotion to captain on May 8, 1862. After the death of Lt. Col. Joseph M. Bounds on October 27, 1863, Hooks was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Immediately prior to the end of the war, Hooks was absent from the rolls of his unit for an extended period of time. In 1870 Hooks was killed in a sawmill explosion. He is buried in Alabama.

Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas, National Archives and Records Service, Washington. R. Scott Gartin, "Field and Staff," 11th Texas Cavalry (, accessed March 17, 2011. The History of the 11th Texas Cavalry Regiment (, accessed March 17, 2011. James A. Mundie, Jr., with Bruce S. Allardice, Dean E. Letzring, John H. Lucky, Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide. (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002).

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

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