Rayburn, Leander M. (ca. 1831–unknown)

By: Jennifer Eckel

Type: Biography

Published: April 23, 2011

Leander M. Rayburn, Confederate officer, was born around 1831 in Mississippi. In 1860 he was a resident of Gonzales County, Texas.

When the Civil War started, Rayburn was mustered into the Eighth Texas Cavalry, "Terry's Texas Rangers," where he was elected captain. Rayburn broke his arm during a skirmish in Tennessee and was furloughed through the summer of 1862 due to the injury. Upon his return he was promoted to major and soon after to lieutenant colonel. Rayburn received a gunshot wound to his elbow during the battle of Shiloh, which lead to his resignation on February 11, 1863. His whereabouts and death following the Civil War are unknown.

Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas, National Archives and Records Service, Washington. 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). "L. M. Rayburn," The Online Archive of Terry's Texas Rangers: Sharing & preserving the history of the 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment, 1861–1865 (http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/biographical_notes/r/rayburn_lm.htm), accessed April 13, 2011.

Time Periods:
  • Civil War

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

Jennifer Eckel, “Rayburn, Leander M.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/rayburn-leander-m.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 23, 2011

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