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Washington, Lewis Miles Hobbs (1813–1857)

Margaret A. Cox Biography Entry

Lewis M. H. Washington, writer and participant in the Texas Revolution, was born on December 3, 1813, in Wilkes County, Georgia, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Hammond) Washington. He moved to Texas in the mid-1830s and soon became active in local affairs. He participated in the siege of Bexar in December 1835, as a member of James W. Fannin's staff. In 1838 he delivered the eulogy on Charles Edward Hawkins, late commander of the Independence in the Texas Navy. Before April 1840 Washington and Edwin Ward Moore purchased the vessel Merchant for the Texas Navy. Washington married Rebecca Landis Davidson, a widow with five children, in Milam County in 1839, and they had four more children. While his family lived in Nashville, Texas, part of Robertson's Colony, on the Brazos River, Washington spent most of his time in Austin writing sentimental, political, and philosophical articles for several newspapers and taking part in various skirmishes with Mexico. He was awarded bounty land for his war services. He moved his family to Austin about 1846. Washington went to Costa Rica, probably in 1856, as a correspondent of the New Orleans Picayune, and from there went to Nicaragua on the William Walker filibustering expedition. He was wounded in the foot at Castillo Viego on February 19, 1857, and was left on the battlefield. He was captured by Costa Rican forces and later shot under the orders of General Moro. His body was not recovered for burial in the United States.

Antonio Rafael de la Cova, Colonel Henry Theodore Titus: Antebellum Soldier of Fortune and Florida Pioneer (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2016). Jonathan W. Jordan, Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf, and the Shaping of the American West (Lincoln: Potomac Books, 2006). Lewis Miles Hobbs Washington, Family Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters

Time Periods:

  • Antebellum Texas

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

Margaret A. Cox, “Washington, Lewis Miles Hobbs,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed April 15, 2021,

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September 24, 2019