Malone, Frederick J. (1826–1891)

By: Alwyn Barr

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: April 1, 1995

Frederick J. Malone, Civil War officer, was born in Limestone County, Alabama, on June 22, 1826. He left Oxford College, Mississippi, to volunteer for service in the Mexican War, was promoted to lieutenant, and was wounded at Buena Vista. In 1849 he joined the gold rush to California but returned to Mississippi to marry Abbie Humphries in 1850. That same year they moved to Lavaca County, Texas. In 1861 they moved to Goliad County, where Malone raised cattle. In 1862 he helped raise troops for Trezevant C. Hawpe's Thirty-first Texas Cavalry and was elected major. He commanded the regiment from the fall of 1863 to the end of the war; the unit participated in the battle of Stirling's Plantation and the Red River campaign of 1864 in Louisiana. After the war Malone returned to cattle raising, first at Rockport, where he moved in 1869, and after 1875 in Bee County. He had nine children and was a Methodist and a Democrat. He was a member of the county commissioners' court when he died, in 1891.

Alwyn Barr, Polignac's Texas Brigade, Texas Gulf Coast Historical Association Publication Series 8.1 (November 1964). Mrs. I. C. Madray, A History of Bee County (Beeville, Texas: Bee-Picayune, 1939).


  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Ranchers and Cattlemen

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

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Alwyn Barr, “Malone, Frederick J.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 24, 2021,

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April 1, 1995

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