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A Brief History of the 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry

By Patrick McSherry

4th Texas Volunteer Infantry, 1898
This is a photo of a company (assumed to be company F) of the 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry (photo was taken by A. A. Brack, photographer)
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The 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry served its term of service within the continental United States. It did not see overseas service.

The History:

The Fourth Texas Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service at Houston, Texas between July 8 and July 30, 1898. This was fairly late in the war. The main battles of the war, including the capture of Santiago Cuba, had already occurred by the time that the unit was mustered into service. In fact, shortly thereafter, on August 12, the fighting of the war would end by armistice. At the time of its mustering into service, the unit consisted of forty-six officers and 1,240 enlisted men.

As of October, the 4th Texas was stationed at Fort Houston, Texas. The unit was offially serving as part of the military Department of the Gulf.

The war officially ended on December 10, 1898, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Forth Texas Volunteer Infantry was mustered out of service between March 7 and March 10, 1899. At the time of mustering out, the unit consisted of forty-six officers and 949 enlisted men.

During its term of service, the Fourth Texas Volunteer Infantry lost eleven enlisted men who died from disease. In addition, two enlisted men were court-martialed, and thirty-eight enlisted men deserted. In addition, fifteen enlisted men were discharged on disability.


Clerk of Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899) Vol/ 3, 494.

Crowson, Chuck - Image of the 4th Texas, from the collection of Robert Slaughter of Company F.

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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