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Fort Worth Flashback: Confederate Grays organized to honor fellow soldiers

Posted April 23, 2012

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We’ve all seen veterans groups working in the community and performing grave dedications but, at the turn of the 20th century, you would have seen some Confederate gray in place of U.S. military uniforms.

During the early part of the century, an average of three elderly Confederate veterans died each week, creating a need to form a unit for military grave dedications. Out of about 1,200 members, two companies were organized.

The Fort Worth Confederate Grays were formed in 1907 from the Robert E. Lee Camp No. 158 of the United Confederate Veterans. This undated photo shows a number of the Confederate Grays and their ladies’ auxiliary assembled on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse.

The Grays were a visible and viable part of Fort Worth’s history. Many members were pillars in Fort Worth and surrounding communities, working in industrial, political and educational fields.

By the 1930s, the Grays had faded into history.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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