REUBEN CHILDERS,Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry


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Reuben Childers was born in 1840 in Georgia, probably in Stewart County. In 1860, R. Childers was living in Montgomery County, Texas, in the household of his parents, enumerated as W. and A. Childers. In a record placed in the Walker County Library vertical files in Huntsville, his parents were shown to be Douglas Childers and Amanda Cheshire, who were married in 1838 in Stewart County, Georgia.

He was the brother of Jefferson P. Childers, who served with him in the CSA. Also in Company B was his brother-in-law, T. J. Spears, who was married to his sister Mary. He was the grandson of Richard Jesse Cheshire. And he was the nephew of Eliza J. Cheshire who married John Baker Reding.

The family immigrated to Texas sometime during the 1850s, settling in the vicinity of Danville.

At the age of about twenty-one, Reuben Childers joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen as a private on May 4, 1861. He is also listed in the muster roll for the company of September 13, 1861.

The following year in April, he and his brother and brother-in-law joined Co. B 24th Texas Cavalry under Captain S. D. Wooldridge and appears on the muster rolls of the company as a private.

He was enrolled at Camp Carter in Hempstead on April 28, 1862, by Col. Wilkes. It was fifty miles from his home to the place of rendezvous, his horse was worth $70.00 and his equipment was valued at $20.00. He gave his age as twenty-two.

Reuben was with his company when they assembled with the three thousand soldiers of Carter's Brigade, known as the Texas Lancers, at Crockett. He rode his horse with them as far as Louisiana.

On the August muster roll, it was noted that Reuben died at Shreveport, Louisiana, on July 10th.

It is known that a number of the soldiers of the brigade became sick along the route, and many of them died. Among the diseases that killed them were cholera, measles, and chronic diarrhea. Members of the Lancers filled the Shreveport hospital, and local women “tended the sick like they was their own brothers,” according to one soldier.

Reuben's burial place in Shreveport has not been located, but we know that the Confederacy did not mark fallen soldiers due to lack of funds. It is likely there was a hospital graveyard for the soldiers who died there.

The above information was compiled from the Compiled Service Records accessed on microfilm at the Hillsboro Confederate Archives, from county records, from his pension application at the Texas State Archives, and from family records of Patsy Johnson of California, on file at the Walker County Library.

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 or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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