The sixth was named for its commanders and had the following designations:
Ross' Cavalry, John S. Griffith's Cavalry, B. Warren Stone's Cavalry;
Robert M. White's Cavalry, Jack Wharton's Cavalry, Stephen B. Wilson's Cavalry,
A. J. Hardin's Cavalry, J. L. Smith's Cavalry, T. H. Bowen's Cavalry,
R. S. Guy's Cavalry and Fayette D. Smith's Cavalry.
B.(Barton) Warren Stone Jr. (1817-1881) - Obtained authority to raise a regiment of cavalry
at the beginning of the Civil War and the unit came together in early September 1861 at
Camp Bartow, Dallas County, Texas, Stone commanded the Sixth through the first four
engagements. On May 14, 1862, Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross was elected Colonel
and Stone returned to Texas to raise another regiment.
Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross (1838-1898 ) – Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross enlisted
In Company G, 6thTexas Cavalry Regiment under his brother Peter Ross who was the
company Commander. A few days later when the regiment organized Sul Ross was
elected Major. After eight months he was elected the commander of the 6th. He was
not new to command having commanded a Ranger company. He was also offered a
regular Army commission by Van Dorn during his Ranger duties. After a few months
commanding the 6th He was given command of the Texas Brigade, when General
Whitfield became sick. He assumed that command in Mid-December 1863.
Wharton, Jack Colonel (1832-1882)-Jack Wharton studied law and was practicing
law in Maryland pryor to coming to Texas in 1857. In 1858 he went to California as an
officer with a regular army unit acting as quartermaster officer. After this he returned to
Maryland to visit, and invested in a horse ranch along the borders of Kaufman and Van
Zandt Counties. Rather than practicing law he worked the ranch. In 1861 he enlisted in a
local company and was soon elected Captain. When Stone organized the 6th, Wharton
filled out the company and took it to Dallas and it became Company E. After Ross was
elevated to brigade commander, Wharton was selected to command the 6th. He did well
and was commended by Ross, but low morale in Mississippi after the fall of Vicksburg,
caused him problems with the troops. Ross asked him to step aside and Peter Ross took
over the 6th. After a Courts Marshal cleared him of any wrong doing, he was placed in command of the 6th and the brigade when needed. After the war he returned to his horse ranch, but was soon asked to
supervise the construction of a railroad to Shreveport, Texas. In the 1870's he moved to
New Orleans and worked in government for a while. In 1878 after the Packard
government fell, Wharton was appointed Marshall over Louisiana by President Hayes.
Four years later at the end of his appointment he died in Maryland at the age of 50. Part of
this bio is found in Victor Rose's book on the Texas Brigade.
Griffith, John Summerfield, Brigadier General (June 7, 1829 - August 6, 1901).
John Griffith born in Montgomery County, Maryland, was Captain of a Ranger company
and Militia company in Bell County. When the 6th was formed he went to Dallas and his
militia became Company H. Because of his leadership and expertise, he was elected
the deputy commander of the 6th in September 1861 with the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel. He retained this position until after the Battle of Corinth, even though he could
have left or gone to other units after Ross' election. While Ross and Whitfield were
gone in December 1862, Griffith came up with the plan for the Holly Springs Raid. This
is said to have been a masterful plan that had far reaching effects on the war. He was
then allowed to execute the plan and see its success. After that he had health
problems and returned to Texas. About a year later the governor appointed him
command of the 2nd Department of Texas with the rank of Brigadier General.
Peter F. Ross, Colonel (1836-1909) Peter F. Ross, Texas Ranger, cattleman, and
Confederate Army officer, was born on July 27, 1836, at Bentonsport, Missouri, the
son of Catherine H. (Fulkerson) and Shapley Prince Ross.qv In 1838 he moved with his
family to Milam County, Texas. After attending Mount Vernon Military Academy in New
York from 1853 to 1855 he returned to Texas, where he assisted his father, a Texas
Indian agent, in his duties on the frontier. Peter was described as a tall, wiry, youth,
physically and mentally well fitted for a military career. In 1858 he was commissioned
captain in the Texas Rangersqv and raised and commanded a company that served
for two years against the Comanches and other warlike tribes on the northwest
frontier. In May 1860 he served as captain of the spy company of allied Indians that
accompanied Col. Middleton Tate Johnson'sqv expedition against the Comanches and
pushed into Indian Territory without encountering the enemy. With the outbreak of the
Civil Warqv he raised a company of cavalry in Dallas for Confederate service that was
organized as Company G of Col. B. Warren Stone'sqv Sixth Texas Cavalry regiment.
Ross was elected captain of his company but was soon elevated to regimental major.
He served under Gen. Ben McCulloch in Arkansas and Missouri until McCulloch's
death at the battle of Elk Horn Tavern, Arkansas, in March 1862, at which time he was
transferred with the regiment across the Mississippi River. There he saw action under
the command of General Van Dorn at Corinth. He received serious wounds at the
battle of Corinth, Mississippi. In 1863 he was promoted to colonel and commanded
the 6thTexas Cavalry Regiment during the Atlanta Campaign under General Joseph
Johnson and his brother. After Atlanta fell his unit went with John Bell Hood'sqv ill-
starred Tennessee campaign. The unit was commended by General Forest for there
dependability and courage during several rear guard actions covering for Hood’s
Army. After the war, as a cattleman, Ross made several trail drives to New Orleans.
He married Laura Harrison, the daughter of Gen. James E. Harrison,qv on December
26, 1866, they had two children. In 1870 Ross moved to Los Angeles, California, where
he farmed and engaged in trade. He returned to Texas in 1874 and served as deputy
sheriff of McLennanCounty under his brother Sul until elected sheriff himself in 1875.
After serving two terms as sheriff Ross bought a farm in 1880 on the Brazos River
some ten miles below Waco. He died on March 26, 1909, and was buried in Waco. He
was a Democrat, a Knight Templar, and a Baptist. GalvestonDaily News, March 27,
1909. Willis Lang, Diary (MS, Barker Texas History Center, University
ofTexas at Austin). A Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and
Coryell Counties (Chicago: Lewis, 1893; rpt., St. Louis: Ingmire, 1984). This data came
from the Handbook of Texas Online. See: http://www.tsha.utexas.
White, Robert M, Major / Lieutenant Colonel (1829-April 26, 1863)
Whenever there was fighting, Robert M. White was likely to be there. White was in Bell
County by at least 1850, and was recorded in the Indian troubles in 1853. That was
when a posse was sent to track down a party of Indians that had slipped through the
military line of frontier posts, and had stolen horses from David Williams, Riley Irwin
and Melville Wilkenson or Wilkerson. The horses were recovered and returned to their
owners. By 1855, joining a frontier ranger company was a status symbol in BellCounty.
It was also necessary for survival, as the Indians could create quite a problem for
BellCounty residents in the 1850's. White is listed as an active participant in the
frontier units. White apparently came to the Belton area in the early 1850's. He was
born in Tennessee about 1829. The Bell County census of 1860 lists White, his wife
Sarah, age nineteen, and their infant daughter, Christina. White's occupation is listed
as a grocer. By 1859 Robert M. White is listed as first lieutenant in the BellCounty
Rovers, formed by John Henry Brown, as the successor company to the Independent
Blues. By 1860 he was lieutenant in command of Bob White's Ranging Company. This
company was organized of twenty-five men, under the authority of Governor Sam
Houston, for protection of the frontier. In a July 1860 roster it lists Robert M. White as
the first lieutenant. White was a prominent States Right Democrat, advocating
secession. When Texas left the Union he raised the first company to leave BellCounty
for the War Between the States, and was elected its Captain. He was one of at least
seven to raise a military company from Bell County to serve the Confederate cause. As
company commander White was laying all his experience in many Indian Wars on the
line. He and served as commander of many ranging companies organized on the spot
to retrieve people and property stolen by small bands of Indians. He also had the
reputation of being a good Indian scout. White's unit left amidst pomp and ceremony. It
was July 1, 1861. As his unit was leaving Belton for the war, Miss Victoria Bradford, a
popular Southern belle, presented White and his men a Confederate flag. White's
company camped first at old Bosqueville, near Waco, and then moved on to Camp
Stone, near Lancaster, Texas. While at Camp Stone, the Bell County Commissioners
Court passed a special tax and appointed a special commissary officer, John W.
Scott, to buy food, clothing, and other supplies for White's company while in training.
After leaving Camp Stone, White's unit saw service in Arkansas, the Choctaw Nation,
Southwest Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. This company
saw more fighting, and on a more severe basis, than most Texas units and any other
Bell County unit. White would prove to be a popular and brave Confederate officer.
White was promoted to major in Sul Ross' regiment in 1862. The company was
reorganized under Captain William B. Whittington, who was commander until the end
of the war. The company left Bell County as cavalry, but the unit was dismounted in
1862, and the horses returned to Bel lCounty. The company was remounted after the
Battle of Corinth and remained cavalry until the end of the war. Major Robert M. White
was killed in action on April 26, 1863 on the Tennessee River. It was likely the he would
have been the regimental commander had he not been killed. His body was returned to
BellCounty for burial in the South Belton Cemetery. Buried in the same plot are Kittie
White (1859-1860), apparently the infant daughter listed in the 1860 census, and R. M.
White (1861-1883), apparently a son born the same year White left BellCounty for the
war. His wife is buried near him under the name of Sarah Riggs. After his death she
married W. S. Riggs, another CSA veteran.
This note is found this in, Living and Fighting with the Texas 6th Cavalry by Newton A.
Keen, page 47.
We then moved across to the Tennessee river where we got into a fight with some
Yankee gun boats and transports. We killed and wounded about three hundred men
and they had to sail by us in some forty yards. We were so low and the cannon shots
from the boats went clean over us. My! how we played havock with those troops on
the transport. They made it pretty hot for us with small arms and pistols. Major White
of the sixth Texas cavalry was killed. He was standing about two feet to my right when
he was shot through the body. We brought him back off the battle field some two miles
and he died that night. He was a man beloved by all the soldiers. He was the only man
touched on this scout which lasted us about three weeks.
Wilson, Stephen B., Major, Lt.Col.
Gurley, D. R., Adjutant
Myers, Edward G., Adjutant
Echols, Joseph A., 1st Lt, Co. G.
Witt, Andrew J., Capt., Assistant Quarter Master from Co. C
Rather, William S., Assistant Quarter Master
Baker, John J., Assistant Quarter Master
Thomas, D. B., Surgeon, r. May 1862
McGurdy, Thomas Briceland, Surgeon
Payne, N. H., Surgeon
Hill, John Walter, Surgeon
Bradford, Hamilton, Assistant Surgeon
Saddler, Richard B., Assistant Surgeon
McKinney, Earnest A., Acting Commissary of Subsistance, Dropped Aug. 8, 1862
Hill, B. F., Chaplain
Vanderhurst, W. M., Chaplain, Killed Oct. 8, 1862 during retreat from Corinth.
Hudson, Edward, Chaplain
Menchaca, Jose M. Captain, Position unknown
Edwards, Joseph M, Sergeant Major
Creel, John P., 1st Sergeant - records indicate he was dropped from rolls of Co. C, but he is also listed as
StaffÂ & Field First Sergeant.
McElHenney, James R., Hospital Steward
Arnold, James A., Hospital Steward
Myers, Adjutant from Co. K
Tucker, Thomas C., Acting Quartermaster
Gonnah, Earnest P, (or Goughnaut) Bugler, Chief Bugler FromCo. I
McCullough, Henry a., Bugler, Musician
Simmons, Benjamin P., Bugler
Farmer, John H., Pvt
Freeman, William H., Pvt
Leslie, John, Pvt
Stark, Henry F., Pvt from Co. c
Stringham, William, Pvt
Wair, J. P., Pvt
White, Charles, Pvt