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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

William L. Cabell

(Ap'd Va.)


William Lewis Cabell: Born Jan. 1, 1827, Danville, VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1850.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850‑51; on frontier

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 9, 1851)

duty at Ft. Arbuckle, I. T., 1851‑52, Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1852‑53, 1853‑57, — and Quartermaster, 7th Infantry, Apr. 16, 1855, to Mar. 8,

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

1858; and on Quartermaster duty at Ft. Smith, Ark., 1858, — Ft. Leavenworth,

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Mar. 8, 1858)

Kan., 1858, — Ft. Kearny, Neb., 1858, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1858, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1858‑59; on leave of absence, 1859; and on frontier duty at Ft. Arbuckle, I. T., 1859, — Ft. Cobb, I. T., 1859‑60, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1860‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 20, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.​b

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Unknown.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Unknown. — Residence, Dallas, Texas.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

Civil History. — Engaged in practice of law; resided in Dallas, Texas, since 1872; Mayor of Dallas for three terms, 1874‑1882;​c U. S. Marshal for Northern District of Texas, 1885‑89; Vice President and General Manager of the Texas Trunk Railroad for four years; largely instrumental in establishment of Home for Confederate Veterans at Austin, Texas.

Died, Feb. 22,º 1911, at Dallas, Texas: Aged 84.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1913.

Buried, Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, TX.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The deficiency is made good by a brief biographical sketch at Texas State Historical Association; and in better detail by the long and sympathetic obituary in AOG 1913, linked to above.

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b This is pretty amazing on Cullum's part: by the time he wrote, Cabell had been served several terms as mayor of Dallas, then a small but up-and‑coming city; and been appointed a United States marshal by President Cleveland. The oversight is fixed in the 1920 Supplement; an oversight not fixed there is his more than nominal involvement with the Louisiana State Lottery, much in the national news: see Kendall, History of New Orleans, Vol. I, p489.

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c Online sources differ widely as to the number and dates of his terms as mayor of Dallas; the page at the Handbook of Texas Online is the outlier, crediting him with only two terms and including several other mistakes as well. The explanation seems to be — my surmise in the absence of better information — that his first term (1874‑1875) was unelected and partial, to fill a vacancy. His three elected terms were not consecutive as accidentally implied in Vol. VI above and in his AOG obituary, but were two-year terms each, 1875‑1877, 1877‑1879, 1883‑1885.

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