John C. Upton and His Brother, W. F. Upton - Rankin, Upton County, Texas
Address: 10th and Rankin St.
Directions: Courthouse Lawn, (corner of 10th and Rankin Sts.) Rankin
Marker #: 5461002771
Year Dedicated: 1963
Size, type: Civil War Memorials - (pink granite)
Last reported condition: None
John C. Upton and His Brother, W. F. Upton - County named for Texas Confederates (Star and Wreath). Colonel John Cunningham Upton (1828-1862) Born Tennessee. Came to Texas 1859. Raised company outbreak of Civil War. Attached to 5th Texas Infantry, Hood's famed Texas Brigade, fighting in the campaigns in and around Virginia. Rose to Lt. Colonel of his regiment. The day before his death at the Battle of Second Manassas, led charge upon the enemy rear guard which was a seldom seen, yet brilliantly executed move. Colonel William F. Upton (1832-1887) Born Tennessee. Came to Texas 1853. When Civil War broke, enlisted Texas state troops mustered in for Texas frontier protection. He served in various military units in Texas, helping to successfully guard the 2000 miles of frontier and coastline open to Union or Indian attack. Promoted to Lt. Colonel of Mann's regiment, stationed in Galveston area along with other Texas troops to prevent expected mass Union invasion in 1865. Member of State Legislature 1866, 1876-82.
Decimal degrees:  N 31.226182   W -101.936591
Degrees, minutes: N 31 13.571   W 0101 56.195
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 220262, Northing 3458387
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