Anderson F. Crawford

CRAWFORD, ANDERSON F. (1829-1867) Anderson Floyd Crawford was born in Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia on January 29, 1829, the son of Joel Crawford and Sarah Louisa (Rhodes) Crawford. Anderson had six brothers and sisters. He probably came to Jasper County, Texas around 1857. In 1860 the value of his property was, real estate $40,000, personal property, $23,000, he not listed as owning any slaves. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1860, resigning in late 1861 to help recruit and organize John H. Burnett's Thirteenth Mounted Volunteer Regiment. He raised Company G in Jasper County in February 1862. The company, initially commanded by Captain Elias T. Seale, was sworn into Confederate service March 10, 1862, and was known as "Crawford's Rebels". He was married to Elizabeth Aiken in about 1851. They had four children in the 1860 Jasper County Census, Sarah, age 8, Edward, age 6, Joel, age 4, and Elizabeth, age 2. Only Elizabeth was born in Texas. He commanded the regiment after declining health forced Colonel Burnett to be transferred to post duty. It was during his command that the regiment was engaged in the Confederate victories at Sabine Crossroads and Pleasant Hill, where he had two horses shot out from under him, and the bloody confrontation with General Steele's Union forces at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas. The Thirteenth surrendered, along with the remaining Trans-Mississippi forces June 2, 1865. Following the war, Crawford returned to Jasper. He died in Keatchie, Louisiana, January 10, 1867.

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