Trueheart, Henry Martyn (1832–1914)

By: Erma Baker

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995

Henry Martyn Trueheart, Confederate officer and real estate agent, son of John O. and Ann Tompkins (Minor) Trueheart, was born in Louisa County, Virginia, on March 23, 1832. On May 5, 1845, he arrived in Galveston, Texas, where he was appointed county assessor and collector of taxes in 1857. He held the position for almost ten years. After participating in the battle of Galveston on January 1, 1863, he became assistant provost marshal with rank of captain. In August 1863 he joined Company F, Seventh Virginia Cavalry, and fought with James Ewell Brown Stuart until he was wounded in a skirmish near Orange Courthouse. He later served in an independent company under J. Hanson McNeil until the end of the war. In 1866 Trueheart married Annie Vanmeter Cunningham in West Virginia and brought her back to Texas with him. He had a real estate business in Galveston and for twenty-five years served as a trustee of the Galveston schools. He died on August 19, 1914.

John Henry Brown, Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas (Austin: Daniell, 1880; reprod., Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978). S. C. Griffin, History of Galveston, Texas (Galveston: Cawston, 1931). Mamie Yeary, Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray (McGregor, Texas, 1912; rpt., Dayton, Ohio: Morningside, 1986).

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

Erma Baker, “Trueheart, Henry Martyn,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 02, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995