Franklin C. Wilkes
24th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Wilkes')
(2nd Texas Lancers)
The 24th Texas Cavalry Regiment [also called 2nd Texas Lancers] completed its organization during the late spring of 1862. Men of this unit were recruited in Mueces,
Comanche, Waller, Montgomery, and Karnes counties. It was soon dismounted and sent to Arkansas. Here the regiment was captured at Arkansas Post in January, 1863.
After being exchanged, the regiment was assigned to Deshler's and J.A. Smith's Brigade. Before the battle of Missionary Ridge
it was consolidated with the 17th, 18th, and 25th Texas Cavalry Regiments (dismounted) and placed in
Granbury's Texas Brigade.
This command fought with the Army of Tennessee from the Chatanooga Campaign to Atlanta and endured Hood's winter operations in Tennessee.
The consolidated 24th/25th Texas Cavalry, along with the remnants of Granbury's Brigade, surrendered at Durham Station, NC. on April 26, 1865.
The field officers were Colonels William A. Taylor and Franklin C. Wilkes, and Lieutenant Colonels Robert R. Neyland and Patrick H. Swearingen.