Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Prior to the Civil War, he was a successful attorney and a member of the Texas State Legislature when he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 3rd Texas Cavalry. He saw combat with the 3rd Texas in the battles of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, Chustenahlah, Cherokee Nation and Pea Ridge, Arkansas, before being promoted Colonel in command of the 14th Texas Cavalry. In 1862, he was promoted Brigadier General and led his command, known as Ector's Brigade in the battle of Richmond, Kentucky and at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In 1864, he united his corps with the Army of Tennessee in time to fight at Chickamauga, Georgia. His military career ended at Atlanta, in July 1864, after he was wounded in action resulting in the loss of his left leg. After the war, he resumed legal practice and was elected to the Texas Court of Appeals, in 1875. Ector County, Texas is named in his honor.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith