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[252] The commission of brigadier-general conferred upon him, dated April 8, 1864, was an honor that had been well earned. He did not, however, receive the news of his promotion, for he fell, mortally wounded, in the battle of Jenkins' Ferry, April 30, 1864, at the crossing of the Sabine, in Arkansas. In him Texas and the South lost a gallant defender.

Brigadier-General Felix H. Robertson

Brigadier-General Felix H. Robertson, accredited to Texas, on the 9th of March, 1861, was commissioned as second lieutenant of artillery in the Confederate army. He was on duty at Charleston harbor during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and was commended in the report of the officer commanding the Mount Pleasant mortar battery. Going then to Pensacola he was appointed acting adjutant-general on the staff of BrigadierGen-eral Gladden, with commission of captain, October, 1861. January 1, 1862, he became captain of a battery of artillery, officially designated as Alabama troops, but also claimed by Florida. At Shiloh this battery was attached to the brigade of General Gladden. At the battle of Murfreesboro he was distinguished, particularly on the occasion of the charge of Major-General Breckinridge's division, in command of ten 12-pound Napoleon guns. General Bragg alluded to him as ‘an able and accomplished artillery officer.’ General Polk, also, in his report compliments Captain Robertson for vigilance and fearlessness in exposing himself in the discharge of his duties. On July 1, 1863, his efficiency and valor were rewarded by the commission of major of artillery. In this rank he commanded a battalion of artillery composed of the batteries of Barret, Havis, Lumsden and Massenburg, attached to Longstreet's command, at the battle of Chickamauga. In January, 1864, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel of artillery, and assigned to the command of the artillery of Wheeler's cavalry corps, army of Tennessee, with which

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