Capt Co B 1 Texas Inf
Confederate States Army
HISTORICAL POLK COUNTY, TEXAS; Ike Turner Camp, U. C. V.
Son of Rev. Wm. H. and Nancy Thomason Shotwell, born in St. Clair County, Alabama in 1839; immigrated to Texas with his parents in 1853; attended the common schools of Polk County and the Gillette High School at Cold Springs; enrolled in company organized by D. D. Moore, was elected 3rd Lt. In re-organization of company at expiration of one year was elected 1st Lt. complimentary to his gallant conduct at Eltham's Landing; promoted to Captain September, 1863, vice R. J. Harding, promoted to Lt. Colonel; served as aid de camp to General Gregg until he was killed at Ft. Harrison near Richmond, and was later appointed Major with authority to organize a battalion of regulars; was captured in North Carolina and shot by his guard while attempting to escape. His remains were disinterred, brought home and buried in Livingston cemetery. A prominent staff officer said Capt. Shotwell was the bravest of the brave.