Brush Battalion

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The Brush Battalion was an irregular Confederate military unit raised in Texas during the U.S. Civil War.[1][2][3] The battalion was formed with men who had "taken to the brush" to avoid conscription for military service.[4] Some had served in militia units being pressed for regular service, others had deserted regular service or opposed the Confederate cause and forced military service in its support.[5] Officially organized on November 6, 1863, the Battalion was primarily employed to defend the Texas frontier against Comanche and Kiowa raids.[6]

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  1. ^ Rochette, Patricia Adkins. 2006. Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory during the Civil War, Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains. Broken Arrow, Okla.: privately published..
  2. ^ Pickering, David, and Judy Falls. 2000. Brush Men and Vigilantes, Civil War Dissent in Texas. College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M Press..
  3. ^ Smith, David Paul. 1992. Frontier Defense in Civil War, Texas Rangers and Rebels, 1861-1865. College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M Press.
  4. ^ Rochette, 2006, op.cit.
  5. ^ Pickering and Falls, 2000, op.cit.
  6. ^ Smith, 1992, op.cit.