Monday, February 4, 2013

The 4th Texas Regiment

The 4th Texas regiment was organized in Richmond, Virginia in 1861 from various companies that made the journey from Texas to Virginia. Like the rest of the Texas Brigade these were elite rock hard fighting men from a brigade that can arguably be called the best in the American Civil War. They included some colourful companies like "the Robertson Five Shooters" and "the Lone Star Guards", and "the Mustang Greys" to name a few of the 10 companies that made up the regiment.

The 4th fought at Eltham's Landing, Gaines' Mill where they established their reputation by breaking the union line on Turkey Hill, Second Manassas, South Mountain, Sharpsburg (Antietam) where it suffered it's most casualties, Fredericksburg, Chickamauga, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg ,  Appomattox Court Houseand several others not mentioned.

Of the 1,343 men that served in the regiment throughout the war and after KIA's, Wounded, Desertion(just 3%), POW, and Disease are added up only fifteen officers and 143 men were left to surrendered at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Even reduced to those numbers they only surrendered when ordered and some even breaking their rifles rather then having to give them up.

The figures themselves are from Redoubt which is my favourite ACW figure range in spite of the often arduous amount of clean up needed on some of them. I just really like the look of the figures and the extra touch of silver stars added to the hats of the models which the Texas brigade really did have and so is not a gimmick.

I painted the figures using mostly Foundry paints and some Vallejo. The flag is from the wonderful GMB. I opted for the battle flag as the state flags usually remained in camp. I'm thinking of Modelling Hood with an aid holding one of the state flags to get the "Texas" flag in the army at some point.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company-Redoubt Miniatures