Walter Paye Lane

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Walter Paye Lane, a native of Ireland, was born in County Cork, February 18, 1817, and emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1821. The family first settled in Guernsey County, Ohio. At the age of eighteen Lane went to Louisville and then to Texas, where he fought in the battle of San Jacinto. His subsequent antebellum occupations ranged from cruising the Gulf of Mexico as a member of the crew of a Texas privateer to fighting Indians and teaching school, and included service in the Mexican War as captain of a company of rangers. From 1849 to 1858 he spent much of his time in mining in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Peru, making and losing several small fortunes. He was elected lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Texas Cavalry in 1861, with which he fought at Wilson's Creek and Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge). Lane was later active in Louisiana in 1863, and in the Red River campaign the following year. He was severely wounded at the battle of Mansfield. He was recommended for promotion by General Kirby Smith and was commissioned brigadier general to rank from March 17, 1865, being confirmed the last day on which the Confederate Senate met. After the war he returned to his home at Marshall, Texas, and became a merchant, and also wrote his memoirs. As the years passed he became symbolic of the heroic age in Texas history, and was for long an idol of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Never married, General Lane died at Marshall, January 28, 1892, and is buried there.

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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