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This Week In Texas History

On May 16, 1864, Granbury’s Texas Brigade fought one of many rearguard actions to protect the Confederate withdrawal to Atlanta.

A key component of the famous Confederate contingent was the Waco Guards. Like fellow secessionists throughout Texas and the South, the fighting men of Waco went off to war in a close-knit company of blood kin, friends and neighbors.

Their founder and leader was 30 year old Hiram Bronson Granbury. Since coming to the Central Texas town ten years earlier, the Mississippian had been admitted to the bar and elected to the local bench. A photograph taken on the eve of the Civil War shows Judge Granbury’s two most prominent features: a shock of thick, unruly hair and the piercing eyes of an intense young man.



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