Henry Eustace McCulloch

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Henry Eustace McCulloch was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, December 6, 1816. His elder brother was General Ben McCulloch.  He moved to Texas in 1837 and settled in Guadalupe County, where he was elected sheriff in 1843. He served in the war with Mexico as captain of a company of Texas Rangers, and was elected to the legislature in 1853 and to the state senate in 1855. Four years later President Buchanan appointed him U. S. marshal for the eastern district of Texas, an office he was occupying at the outbreak of war. He was commissioned colonel of the 1st Texas Mounted Riflemen on April 15, 1861, and brigadier general to rank from March 14, 1862. McCulloch's service was almost entirely within the boundaries of Texas, and he was in command of various districts and subdistricts. However, he participated in the campaign for the relief of Vicksburg and unsuccessfully stormed the Federal fortifications at Milliken's Bend in June 1863. Toward the end of the war he commanded a brigade in John G. Walker's division. General McCulloch's life after the war was uneventful. Described as gentle and unassuming, he lived for thirty years on his farm in Guadalupe County, and died in Rockport, Texas, on March 12, 1895. Survived by seven of his children, he was buried in Seguin, Texas.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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