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The Williamson County Grays

Company C, 7th Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers

Company Record

The Williamson County Grays were enrolled for duty at Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas on 7 October 1861 by Capt. Hiram Mack Burrows. The company set out for San Antonio and were mustered into Confederate service at Camp Pickett for "3 years or the war" on 24 October. They set out from San Antonio for the West on 18 December forming a portion of Col. William Steele's force in the Mesilla-El Paso area and thus did not take part in the New Mexico campaign proper. They arrived in Arizona around 21 January 1862 and remained there as the rear guard evacuating Confederate Arizona and far West Texas, leaving in July, 1862.

In January, 1863, the Williamson County Grays, along with other units under the command of Col. Arthur Bagby, participated in the re-capture of Galveston. On 9 February, they marched from Houston for Western Louisiana, where they served through the end of the war. They participated in the following battles and skirmishes in Western Louisiana: Bisland (13-14 Apr 1863), Centerville (14 Apr 1863), New Iberia (16 Apr 1863), Vermilion Bayou (17 Apr 1863), Grand Coteau (19 Apr 1863), Franklin (24 May 1863), Fort Butler (11 July 1863), Morgan's Ferry (7 Sept 1863), Carrion Crow (13 Oct 1863), Mrs. Rodgers' Plantation (16 Oct 1863), Hudson's Plantation (18 Oct 1863), Opelousas (21 Oct 1863), Vermilionville (11 Nov 1863), Camp Pratt (20 Nov 1863), Double Bridges (2 Apr 1864), Young's Mill (7 Apr 1864), Mansfield (8 Apr 1864), Alexandria (28 Apr 1864), Captured Union transport City Belle (3 May 1864), Captured Union transport J. Warner (5 May 1864), Lecompte (7 May 1864), Marksville (15 May 1864), Yellow Bayou (18 May 1864), Raid to Vidalia (23 July 1864).

The company disbanded 19 June 1865 in East Texas.

Many of the members of the Williamson County Grays were living in Western Williamson County at the time of the 1860 census, in communities including Bagdad, Rock House, Liberty Hill, Gabriel Mills, Florence and Georgetown. ·Of the seventy-one men on the roll, three were killed by Indians, one died of disease, one was medically discharged, and two transferred to other companies.·The remaining men returned from the war and many returned to Williamson County where they set the foundation for making Texas what it is today.

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Williamson County Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 502, Georgetown, Texas