Texas Military Forces Museum, Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas

Uniforms of the Republic of Texas


Plate 1: REPUBLIC OF TEXAS ARMY, Fall 1836

Plate 2: REPUBLIC OF TEXAS ARMY, Fall 1836,
One of several possible early variations

Plate 3: REPUBLIC OF TEXAS ARMY, FELIX HUSTON, Brigadier General, Fatigue Dress

Plate 4: REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, Dragoons - 1836

Plate 5: TEXAS RANGERS, Coleman's Fort  - 1837


Plate 7: INFANTRY, Captain - Full Dress

Plate 8: INFANTRY, Sergeant - Milam Guards - Dress Uniform

Plate 9:   INFANTRY, Fatigue Uniform

Plate 10:   THOMAS JEFFERSON CHAMBERS, Major General

Plate 11: CAVALRY, Sergeant - Full Dress - The Travis Guards

Plate 12: CAVALRY, Trumpeter

Plate 13: CAVALRY, Officer, Summer Undress Uniform

Plate 14: CAVALRY, Corporal, Fatigue Dress

Plate 15: CAVALRY, Summer Fatigue Uniform

Plate 16: NAVY, CAPTAIN (and Commodore), Full Dress

Plate 17: NAVY, CAPTAIN, Summer Undress Uniform

Plate 18: NAVY, Midshipman

Plate 19: NAVY, Gunner

Plate 20: NAVY, Seaman, Summer Whites

Plate 21: NAVY, Foul Weather Clothing

Plate 22: MARINE CORPS, Lieutenant

Plate 23: MARINE CORPS, Sergeant, Fatigues

Plate 24: MARINE CORPS, Service Dress, U.S. Surplus 1834

Plate 25: GALVESTON COAST GUARDS, (the Sea Fencibles)

Plate 26: PRINCE CARL OF SOLM-BRAUNFELS, New Braunfels Militia

Bruce Marshall - Photo by E.T. Eyer
Photo by E.T. Eyre

Only Texas and Hawaii, of all the states, can boast of a heritage that includes the army and navy of an independent nation. Throughout the ten turbulent years of Texas independence its military was engaged in constant warfare against enemies within and without. Its regulars were backed up by a militia described as "the most formidable, for their numbers, in the world." Contrary to the image projected by Hollywood and most historians, even in Texas, they were smartly uniformed and equipped with the latest in weaponry. What did these long-forgotten uniforms look like? Texas insignia and flags? Writer-artist-historian Bruce Marshall has discovered the answers in archives in Texas and Mexico, in old diaries and letters and sketches by those who wore or saw them. With his internationally-honored art he has recreated the uniforms in twenty-six full color illustrations, supplemented by fourteen photographs -.including the only two known of uniformed officers of the Texas army and navy.

With his award-winning writing skill Marshall vividly backgrounds the intrigues, triumphs and tragedies of this dramatic decade of high adventure - a decade vital to understanding the Texas mystique.

Bruce Marshall is an award-winning writer and artist whose work has been internationally published and exhibited. His special expertise is regional history, particularly the Republic of Texas, the role of Texas in the Civil War, and the Texas Rangers. Among the honors this has brought him are several unusual titles: Artist of the 65th Legislature of Texas, Artist in Residence of the Texas Navy, and two knighthoods from European royaIty. A fourth-generation Texan, he lives on the historic Eanes-Marshall Ranch near Austin with his wife, two college student sons and a huge, shambling dog of uncertain ancestry.

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To order Uniforms of the Republic of Texas direct from the author/artist, send inquiries to Bruce Marshall, P.O. Box 161616, Austin, Texas, 78716 or call 1-512-327-3377. You may also purchase Uniforms of the Republic of Texas online at BarnesandNoble.com by clicking on the "Click to buy the book" icon. Buy Uniforms of the Republic of Texas and the Men that Wore Them, 1836-1846
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