The Lone Star State's forte was cavalry, reflecting perhaps the cowboy and vaquero heritage of Texas. There were more regiments of horse soldiers from Texas than any other state; Texas' reputation for equestrian skill and audacity became legendary.
The most famous - and perhaps the most valorous - was formed near Houston in the summer of 1861 by Benjamin Franklin Terry, a popular leader of Fort Bend County. Both his grandfathers had served as officers in the American Revolutionary war. Over a thousand volunteers responded to the call; each was required to provide their own carbine or shotgun, a colt revolver, a bowie knife and tack. The men came from counties across the Coastal Plains as far west as Victoria and Gonzales, and reflected the exceptional horsemanship of the great cattle ranches of the era.
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