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Xavier Blanchard DeBray
Birth: Jan. 25, 1816, France
Death: Jan. 6, 1895
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

Civil War Confederate Army Brigadier General. He attended the French Military Academy at St. Cyr, France and then served in the French diplomatic service until he immigrated to the United States, in 1848. Moving to Texas in 1852, he settled in San Antonio and was naturalized as a citizen in April, 1855. There he established a Spanish newspaper and later he worked in the General Land Office, as a translator. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he served in the Texas 4th Infantry, was aide-de-camp to Governor Edward Clark, was commissioned a Major in 1861, elected Lieutenant Colonel of Debray's Texas Cavalry Battalion and as Colonel of the 26th Texas Cavalry, in 1862. He commanded some of the Confederate troops in the recapture of Galveston, in January, 1863, then relieved, taking command of the troops on Galveston Island in the District of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. He led his regiment in the Red River Campaign, Louisiana, in spring of 1864. For his participation in the Battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, he was appointed Brigadier General by General Edmund K. Smith, on April 13, 1864. Although this appointment was never confirmed by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, he commanded brigades until his discharge from active service on March 24, 1865. After the war, he returned to Texas, working as a teacher, a bookkeeper before eventually returning to his position as translator in the General Land Office, until his death at age 76. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Texas State Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec. 1, Row M, #14
GPS (lat/lon): 30.26523, -97.72723
 
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Record added: Nov 13, 2001
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