William Lewis Cabell

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William Lewis Cabell, "Old Tige," was born at Danville, Virginia, January 1, 1827, and was graduated from West Point in 1850. His United States service was principally in the quartermaster's department. Upon his resignation in 1861, he was promptly assigned by the Confederate War Department as major and chief quartermaster to General Beauregard at Manassas. He later served on the staff of General J. E. Johnston, at which time he assisted these two officers in designing the Confederate battle flag. Transferred to the Trans-Mississippi under General Van Dorn, Cabell was of great service after the battle of Elkhorn, when he ferried the latter's entire command to the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. Later, he was appointed brigadier general to rank from January 20, 1863. While in command of a brigade of cavalry under General Sterling Price, he was captured on a raid into Missouri in October 1864, not being released until August 1865. He then went to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar. Moving to Dallas, Texas, in 1872, he served four terms as mayor of the city; was United States marshal, 1885-89, and vice president of what is now a part of the Southern Pacific System. From 1893 until 1907 General Cabell was one of the supervisors of the Louisiana State Lottery and of its successor, the Honduras National Lottery. At the time of his death in Dallas, February 22, 1911, he had been for many years commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department, United Confederate Veterans, and honorary commander-in-chief of the organization. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Dallas.

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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.