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Soldier , lawyer

Thomas Neville Waul, American soldier, lawyer. member provisional Congress Confederate States, 1861-1862 organized Waul’s (Texas) Legion (2,000 troops) for C.S.A., became its colonel and with it served through war.

Background

Waul, Thomas Neville was born on January 5, 1813 in in Sumter District, South Carolina, United States. Son of Thomas and Anna (Mulcahy) Waul.

Education

Educated at Charleston, South Carolina., 1825-1828. South Carolina. College, Columbia, 1829-1832. Studied law in office of Sargent S. Prentiss, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1834-1835.

Career

Appointed district attorney River District, Mississippi. Practiced law at Grenada, Mississippi, 1836-1850. Removed 1850 to Gonzales County, Texas.

Democratic candidate for Congress Western district, Texas, 1859—defeated. Elected from Texas elector at large on Breckinridge ticket, 1860. Member provisional Congress Confederate States, 1861-1862 organized Waul’s (Texas) Legion (2,000 troops) for C.S.A., became its colonel and with it served through war.

Commanded defenses of Yazoo and Tallahatchie Rivers, Mississippi, at Fort Pemberton. At siege of Vicksburg. Promoted brigadier general.

Commanded brigade under Kirby Smith in Trans-Mississippi Department, leading it at battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Commanded div. at battle of Saline, where he was severely wounded. Elected to reconstruction Convention of Texas, 1865.

Established practice in Galveston. Abandoned practice, 1896, retiring to farm in country. Home: Neyland, Hunt County, Tex.

Membership

Member provisional Congress Confederate States, 1861-1862 organized Waul’s (Texas) Legion (2,000 troops) for C.S.A., became its colonel and with it served through war.

Connections

Married Mary America Simmons, November 25, 1837.

father:
Thomas Waul

mother:
Anna (Mulcahy) Waul

spouse:
Mary America Simmons