Redwood, William H. (unknown–unknown)

By: Jennifer Eckel

Revised by: Brett J. Derbes

Type: Biography

Published: April 26, 2011

Updated: April 7, 2016

William Henry Redwood, Confederate Officer and Texas Ranger, was born on March 21, 1832, in James City County, Virginia. From 1850 to 1860, he worked as a successful merchant in Mobile, Alabama, where he owned eleven slaves. William served in several units during the Civil War. Answering the call of the state of Texas for volunteers to seize Federal forts along the lower Rio Grande. On March 9, 1861, Captain William H. Redwood enlisted in the Rio Grande Regiment, Texas Rangers, commanded the “Lone Star Rifles” of Galveston and was in command of Fort Brown in early 1861. Redwood joined the Sixteenth Texas Infantry on October 17, 1861, at Camp Hebert, and was promoted to major soon after. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on September 15,1863. Throughout the winter of 1863, and into the spring of 1864, Redwood primarily recruited soldiers. Redwood surrendered on June 20, 1865, in Galveston. Following the war he returned to Mobile, Alabama. He died on December 26, 1878, and is buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile, Alabama.

Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861–1865, Volume 4, FRIDAY, June 10, 1864 ([email protected](cc00437))), accessed April 21, 2011 . “’Sioux’: Pen Name and Biography of William P. Doran, Texas’ First War Correspondent,” Transcribed and annotated by W. T. Block from Galveston Daily News of Dec. 1, 1901(, accessed April 21, 2011.

  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Texas Rangers
  • Military
  • Confederate Military
  • Soldiers
Time Periods:
  • Civil War

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