Hiram Bronson Granbury

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Hiram Bronson Granbury was born in Copiah County, Mississippi, March 1, 1831, and was educated at Oakland College, Rodney, Mississippi. Removing to Texas in the early 1850's, he established himself in Waco, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and served as chief justice of McLennan County from 1856 to 1858, an office roughly comparable to that of chairman of a county board of supervisors. He recruited the Waco Guards in 1861, took it east, and was elected major of the 7th Texas Infantry in October of that year. After being captured and exchanged at Fort Donelson, he became colonel of the 7th Texas, serving in the Vicksburg campaign, at Chickamauga, and at Chattanooga. Granbury, who was in brigade command during the retreat from Chattanooga, was especially commended by his division commander, General Pat. R. Cleburne. Commissioned brigadier general to rank from February 29, 1864, he led the Texas brigade through the Atlanta campaign and into Tennessee with Hood. At the battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864, Granbury was one of six Confederate general officers killed or mortally wounded. He died along with Cleburne within a few rods of the Federal works. First buried near Franklin, his remains were removed twenty-nine years later to the town of Granbury, Texas, named in his honor.

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