Person:Wayne Hamilton (2)

m. 4 Apr 1830
  1. Charles HAMILTON1832 - 1862
  2. Margarete Alberta HAMILTON1834 - 1906
  3. Mary HAMILTONEst 1837 -
  4. John A HAMILTON, IIIEst 1839 - Aft 1880
  5. Wayne HAMILTONEst 1842 - 1863
  6. George HAMILTON1843 - 1909
  7. Ann HAMILTONEst 1845 - Est 1890
  8. Andrew HAMILTON1848 - Bef 1920
  9. James HAMILTONEst 1850 -
  10. Thomas HAMILTON1852 - 1872
  11. Fannie HAMILTON1857 - 1921
Facts and Events
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] Est 1842 Travis County, Texas Republic, United States_PROOF: proven
Other[4][3][6] 7 Sep 1861 Houston, Harris, Texas, United StatesCo D, 8th Texas Cavalry (Terry's Texas Rangers) _PROOF: proven Military Service
Death[4][3][5] 24 Jan 1863 Ringgold, Catoosa, GeorgiaCause: wounded at Battle of Murfreesboro (TN) Dec 31, 1862, died from wounds _PROOF: proven Confederate military hospital
  1. "1850 United States Federal Census," database,, ( accessed ), ; ci
    Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Travis, Texas; Roll: M432_915; Page: 133B; Image: 250.

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  2. "1860 United States Federal Census," database,, ( accessed ), ; ci
    Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Precinct 5, Travis, Texas; Roll: M653_1306; Page: 259; Image: 49; Family History Library Film: 805306.

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fold3, "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas,"
    accessed, downloaded; 15 February 2012; Wayne Hamilton Civil War military records.

    The National Archives Publication Number: M323
    Publication Title: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas
    Publisher: NARA
    National Archives Catalog ID: 586957
    National Archives Catalog Title: Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , compiled 1903 - 1927, documenting the period 1861 - 1865
    Record Group: 109
    Short Description: NARA M323. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Texas units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier.
    Roll: 0050
    Military Unit: Eighth Cavalry (Terry's Regiment, First Rangers, Eighth Rangers)
    Given Name: Wayne
    Surname: Hamilton
    Age: 20
    Year: 1861
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  4. 4.0 4.1 The Texas Almanac -- "Extra." (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 74, Ed. 1, Tuesday, March 31, 1863, Newspaper, March.

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  5. The Online Archive of Terry's Texas Rangers

    Resided at Gillelands, Travis County, TX in 1860 with parents and siblings; occupied as a farmer.
    Mustered into Company D at Houston, TX on September 7, 1861.
    Suffered mortal gunshot wound to leg just below knee at Murfreesboro, TN on December 31, 1862.
    Died at Ringgold, GA on January 24, 1863.

    "In my last letter home I gave a list of the accidents which happened to our company in the fight at M. Wayne Hamilton died in Ringgold, Ga. from his wound or in fact from inattention in the hospital. We all mourned his death very much as he was greatly beloved by all who knew him."
  6. The Online Archive of Terry's Texas Rangers

    The 8th Texas Cavalry, C. S. A.
    In 1861, Texas went to war and called upon the citizenry to defend her. One of the early groups to answer that call was Terry's Texas Rangers. Organized and led by Benjamin Franklin Terry, a wealthy sugar planter from Brazoria, the regiment mustered in at Houston in September 1861 with just over a thousand men.
    Originally bound for Virginia, the regiment was placed under the command of Albert Sydney Johnston and traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they elected their officers and officially organized the regiment. The War Department in Richmond designated the regiment as the 8th Texas Cavalry. They had been heralded in New Orleans, and all along their route, as "The Texas Rangers." Technically, they may not have been "Texas Rangers," but this point seems to have been lost to people east of the Mississippi. During the war, they were referred to by a variety of names, including: "the 1st Texas Ranger Regiment"; "Wharton's Regiment"; "Harrison's Regiment"; "Cook's Regiment", "Wharton's Rangers"; "The Rangers"; and even simply as "the Texans."
    Terry's Rangers first charged into battle near Woodsonville, Kentucky, on December 17, 1861. In this relatively small engagement, they suffered the devastating loss of Colonel Terry. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Lubbock was elected to command the regiment, but died of illness before assuming the duty. In his stead, John Austin Wharton was elected to the role. Wharton was eventually promoted to General, as was Thomas Harrison, the man who followed him in commanding the Rangers.
    The Rangers distinguished themselves throughout the war by their skill and willingness to fight. Because of their abilities, and the arms they carried, they were regarded as a "charging regiment," frequently called upon to act as a form of shock troops. They were engaged at Shilo, and provided the main body of troops for the remarkable charge at Fallen Timbers. They led the way when General Forrest, by sheer audacity, took Murfreesboro from a superior enemy force. At Bardstown, it was the Rangers who led Wharton's Brigade into the mass of Yankee cavalry to carry the day. They fought from horseback and on foot. They traveled hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to raid the enemy's sources of supply and communication. They were called upon time and again to provide pickets and scouts for the Army of Tennessee. Alexander Shannon was a Terry Ranger who hand-picked men from the group to form the notorious Shannon's Scouts. Shannon and his men punished Sherman in his march across Georgia and into the Carolinas.
    The final charge of Terry's Rangers was at Bentonville, North Carolina, on March 21, 1865, when General Hardee urgently called upon Captain Matthews to check the Federal advance. After nearly four years of hard fighting, a shout was raised once again and one hundred and fifty men, all that remained of this gallant regiment, charged into the blue clad infantry and sent them into a panic-stricken retreat. Even when Johnston surrendered his army a month later, many of the Terry Rangers refused to admit defeat and set off in groups hoping to join Kirby Smith's Army and continue the fight west of the Mississippi. Only when word reached them that his army had broken up did they surrender.
    This website is intended to remember and honor the Terry Rangers for the heroic and selfless manner in which they fought to defend Texas and her neighbors. Regardless of one's perspective on the causes for which they fought, it must be acknowledged that these volunteers were soldiers who faced tremendous hardships and fought valiantly when called upon. This isn't a website about politics, about race relations, or about "the cause." This site is about a remarkable group of volunteer soldiers, some heroes and some rogues, who courageously and honorably faced amazing obstacles and circumstances in our history.
    The material on these pages comes from a wide variety of sources, and should be useful to genealogists, historians, and reenactors. It should be interesting and informative to the casual passerby as well. We hope that you will find your visit here both pleasant and informative. We welcome your suggestions and comments that we might better tell the story of Terry's Texas Rangers. We are continually gathering and digitally archiving information about the Terry Texas Rangers and will add more as time permits.
    Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System

    8th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Terry's) (1st Rangers) (8th Rangers)

    8th Cavalry Regiment, usually called Terry's Texas Rangers, was organized with 1,170 men at Houston, Texas, in December, 1861. Its members were raised in Houston, Richmond,Columbus, Gonzales, and Wharton, and Bastrop County. The regiment was one of the hardest fighting cavalry units in the war. It was assigned to Wheeler's, Wharton's, and T. Harrison's Brigade, and fought at Shiloh, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. Later it was active in the Knoxville and Atlanta Campaigns, the defense of Savannah, and the campaign of the Carolinas. On April 26, 1865, it surrendered with about 30 men. The field officers were Colonels Gustave Cook, Thomas Harrison, Thomas S. Lubbock,Ben. Franklin Terry, and John A. Wharton; Lieutenant Colonels Samuel P. Christian, Marcus L.Evans, Stephen C. Ferrill, and John G. Walker; and Majors William R. Jarmon and Leander M.Rayburn.