This Day in Texas History:
Texas Brigade Rallies Around General Lee
May 06, 1864
On this day in 1864, in one of the most moving incidents of the Civil War, Confederate general Robert E. Lee ordered the celebrated Hood’s Texas Brigade to the front, and they in turn ordered him to the rear.
During a critical moment of the fierce Battle of the Wilderness, as the Southern battle line was crumbling, Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, was heartened to see the Texas Brigade, under the command of John Gregg, arrive on the field as reinforcements. With a cry of “Hurrah for Texas!” Lee ordered them forward against the Union army and, carried away by his enthusiasm, began to lead them into the charge.
The Texans, unwilling to risk their idol in battle, stopped and gathered around him, yelling “Lee to the rear!” and held onto his horse until he withdrew. The Texas Brigade suffered severe losses, but the Union army was once more fought to a standstill.