Civil War author to present program, sign books at Genealogical Society meeting Thursday
From Staff Reports

Sept. 19, 2006 -- Hopkins County’s role in the Civil War will be the focus of a special presentation Thursday.

Hopkins County Genealogical Society will present author and historian Allen G. Hatley in a special book signing, reception and program Thursday, Sept. 21, at the society’s library and archives at 212 Main St. in Sulphur Springs.

Hatley will be on hand at 6 p.m. to autograph copies of his new book, “Reluctant Rebels: The Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment,” published in July by Hill College Press. The public is invited to attend the reception and visit informally with the author. The program begins at 7 p.m.

�A number of men from Hopkins County joined this regiment to serve in the Civil War,� said, Marynell Bryant, president of Hopkins County Genealogical Society. �This program will be of interest to anyone researching Civil War veterans from our county.�

This book is the first history of the Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment, which distinguished itself in more than 150 battles, campaigns and skirmishes during the Civil War. The soldiers were recruited in the summer of 1861 from North Texas counties, including Hopkins County. They were organized by William Cocke Young and first saw action in Indian Territory, then at Pea Ridge in Arkansas.

�This is a fascinating and accurate picture of the life and times of a famous Texas cavalry regiment during the Civil War, a war in which its members initially were reluctant participants,� Hatley said.

The regiment fought for more than two years in a brigade with the Eighth Texas Cavalry, also known as Terry’s Texas Rangers. They were in action under Generals Joseph Wheeler and Wade Hampton in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Hatley’s relative, Eldridge Glen Hargrave, volunteered for a year’s service in the Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment in Hopkins County in 1861. He ended up serving in the Eleventh for four years and was the First Sergeant of Company D.

The cover of the book jacket features the flag of the Eleventh Texas Cavalry Regiment that was produced in 1861.

-- Information from Hopkins County Genealogical Society

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