Ep. 17: A Duel for Command of the Texas Army, 1837

Two generals decided to fight a duel to decide who would command the Texas Army.  Find out what happened and whether a wound suffered in the duel eventually affected the outcome of the Civil War!


Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, CSA
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Gen. Felix Huston


Dueling pistols belonging to Mirabeau B. Lamar
Dueling pistols belonging to Mirabeau B. Lamar
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Ravine where Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston died at Shiloh
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4 thoughts on “Ep. 17: A Duel for Command of the Texas Army, 1837”

  1. Thank you so much. I have been ill and it looks like I will be stuck in the be for awhile.
    THIS just put a big smile on my (sorry to admit) pouty face!
    My grandfather was James McCune. Our family received Spanish land grants near Laneville, Texas near Henderson. My great grandfather, also James McCune was one of the first 300. His son married Delilah Storm whose mother was one of the first 200 Cherokee in East Texas. We have the letter where he asked if he could marry her daughter!! And then 400 of their neighbors were beaten to death (it took two days. They didn’t want to waste bullets so they clubbed the women, children and old people – including Chief Bowls-to death.
    Do you happen to have any stories from this area? I am trying to put together everything I can as my “going away” present for my family. Thank you for your time. Bush.Cecilia@GMail.com

  2. Thank you for sharing this story, Judge Wise. The need to stop duels like the one Johnston and Huston fought explains the reason the Texas Supreme Court’s Justices have to swear an oath that they have not fought an illegal duel. In 1925, each of the three Special Supreme Court Justices of the All-Woman Court had to swear that she had not fought a duel, a vow Special Chief Justice Hortense Sparks Ward found to be amusing. Please come see the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society Fellows’ re-enactment of their swearing-in ceremony from 10-11 AM this Thursday, June 16 at the SBOT Annual Meeting in Fort Worth.

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