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Hiram B. Granbury

Born In Copiah County, Mississippi - 1831
Moved to Waco, Texas, in the 1850's
Served two years as County Judge
Organized the Waco Guards in 1861
Rose to the rank of Brigadier General, CSA
Died at the Battle of Franklin, on November 30, 1864
along with 5 other Confederate Generals

Hiram Bronson Granbury's service to the Confederate Army began as early as 1861 when he organized the Waco Guards in Waco Texas. Three years later, having achieved the rank of Brigadier General, he was killed during the Battle of Franklin.

Before the outbreak of the war, Granbury lived in Waco, Texas, where he served as chief justice of McLennan County. He was a graduate of Mississippi's prestigious Oakland College located near the river town of Rodney, Mississippi. In the 1850s, after moving to Texas, he was admitted to the Texas Bar. On March 31, 1858, he married Fannie Sims of Waco; they had no children. In November of 1861, at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the Texas Volunteer regiment elected Granbury as major. On February 15, 1862, he was captured with his command at the Battle of Fort Donelson. Under Grant's terms of surrender, the Confederates were shipped north and taken as prisoners of war. The enlisted men were sent to Johnson Island Prison, Lake Erie, while the officers were held at Warren Prison in Boston Harbor. Other Confederate officers held at Warren Prison along with Major Granbury were: Lt. Col. Randal MacGavock, 10th Tennessee; Major W. Grace, 10th Tennessee; Col. John Gregg, 7th Texas Infantry; Col. R. Farquharson, 41st Tennessee; Col. C. A. Sugg, 50th Tennessee and Brig. Gen. L. Tilghman, C.S.A. While in prison, Major Granbury signed the autograph album of Captain John R. Tower, 8th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. His signature reads, "H. B. Granbury, Maj. Texas Volunteers, Waco, Texas." All of these officers were paroled in 1862 as a part of an officer's exchange.

Following his exchange from prison, Granbury was stationed in northern Mississippi as a part of Maxy's Brigade and was promoted to the rank of colonel. He was also assigned to Texas on recruiting duty. Col. Granbury resumed his war efforts leaving for Port Hudson, Louisiana, then on to Raymond, Mississippi. After the Confederate defeat at the Battle of Raymond, he continued as commander of the 7th Texas and moved on to fight in the Battle of Chickamauga where he was slightly wounded. On Feb. 29, 1864, following a brilliant performance in the Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign, Granbury was commissioned brigadier general. Nine months later, while commanding Granbury's Texas Brigade, he was killed at the Battle of Franklin. Brig. Gen. Granbury was first buried near Franklin, Tennessee, then reinterred in Ashwood’s Cemetery belonging to St. John’s Episcopal Church. On Nov. 30, 1893, his remains were removed to Granbury, Texas, a town named in his honor.


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