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Jarmon, William Richard (1825–1872)

Thomas W. Cutrer Biography Entry

William Richard Jarmon, Civil War officer, was born on November 16, 1825, in Madison County, Tennessee. He was the son of Stephen and Eliza (Scott) Jarmon. He was living in La Grange, Fayette County, Texas, and practicing as a lawyer in 1860. He mustered into Company F of Terry's Texas Rangers on September 7, 1861, was elected the original first lieutenant of Company F. He replaced Louis M. Strobel as company commander when the latter resigned and returned to Texas on December 1, 1861. Jarmon, who Leonidas B. Giles characterized as "staid and ever reliable," received promotion to captain in June 1862 and to major late in the war. For a brief period during the Georgia campaign of 1864 he commanded the regiment. He was wounded at Gorsbyville, Georgia, on September 17, 1863; again, slightly, in the left wrist on December 16, 1863, near Rutledge, Tennessee; and for a third time in the regiment's final charge at Bentonville, North Carolina, on March 19, 1865. In May 1865 he was in Charlotte, North Carolina, recovering from his wounds. Jarmon died on November 28, 1872, in La Grange, Texas; he is buried in Old City Cemetery.

John M. Claiborne, Muster Roll of Terry's Texas Rangers; With Historical Remarks (Galveston: Self Published, 1882). Thomas W. Cutrer, Our Trust is in the God of Battles: The Civil War Letters of Robert Franklin Bunting, Chaplain, Terry's Texas Rangers, C.S.A. (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006). Leonidas B. Giles, Terry's Texas Rangers (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1911).

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  • Civil War

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Thomas W. Cutrer, “Jarmon, William Richard,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 22, 2021,

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