E. A. LONG, DANVILLE MOUNTED RIFLEMAN



E. A. LONG

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E. A. Long joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen as a private.

The Riflemen was a militia unit of the Seventeenth Brigade, Texas State Troops, and was formed under Capt. S. D. Wooldridge, M. D.

E. A. Long appears only on the muster roll of September 16, 1861, and there is little known about him.

E. A. Long never appears on either the tax list or census of Montgomery County, and it is possible that he was the fourteen-year-old Ed Long who was enumerated with his parents in Houston County in 1860. This Ed was born in Texas. He would have been fifteen at the time he joined the Riflemen, and there were other boys his age who were members of the Riflemen at that time.

If this identity is correct for E. A. Long, then we would guess that he had come to the county to stay with relatives there.

Obviously, he was under age for Confederate service at the beginning of the war, the minimum age being eighteen. There are many instances of boys younger than eighteen joining the CSA, but they usually had to enlist where their true age was not known.

It appears that Ed followed William Wallace Viser to Madison County, where, on March 10, 1862, he joined Company B, Gould's Battalion, under Captain Viser.


The above muster card is on file in the Texas State Archives, with a muster date of May, 1862.

Ed's service in Gould's is also recorded in the CSA Compiled Service Records:

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These muster cards show that Ed signed up for twelve months and that he was mustered at Camp Burnett. His horse was valued at $140 and his equipment at $30.

Following his year in Gould's, Ed joined the 35th Regiment, Brown's Cavalry. He served in Brown's until the end of the war, and his original Parole of Honor is included in his file. He was paroled in Galveston, and signed his parole as Edwin A. Long.

In 1870, an Edwin Long of approximately the right age was enumerated in Galveston County as a farmer. His wife's name was Fannie. It is very likely that this is the same E. A. Long who had joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen as a young teenager, nearly a decade before.

E. A. Long was still employed as a farmer in Galveston County in 1880, but his wife was now named Montie.

The couple has not been located in a later census, and nothing further is known about E. A. Long.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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