Abner Jackson Plantation Cemetery
Brazoria County,

Louis Martin Strobel
CAPTAIN Company F 8th Regiment
Texas Calvary
Confederate States Army
September 16, 1831 - February 9, 1869

Louis Martin Strobel, the son of John and Margaret Inabonite, was born near Charleston, South Carolina on September 16, 1831.

In 1841, the family moved to Brazoria County, Texas, where he prepared for college. His father (step father, Abner Jackson) at one time owned the largest plantation in Texas and several hundred Slaves. He entered Norwich University in 1847, and graduated with a 1851.

On February 14, 1854, he married Elizabeth "Bettie" Washington, who was a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Gilbert Gray Washington. Two children were born of this marriage; Abner Jackson, born September 6, 1858 (lived a long productive life in Brazoria County, Texas until he died in the 1930's), and Asenath, born February 9, 1863, and later was married to Horace E. Kelly.

When the Civil War broke out, Louis entered the Confederate service and raised a company for the 8th Texas Cavalry or Terry’s “Texas Rangers.” He was a commissioned captain of Company F, and on September 1, 1861, he was sworn into service at Houston, Texas, for the war, by J.W. Sparks. He served in Kentucky, and for a time was in command of the regiment. (See notations at bottom)

Upon resigning his commission, he returned to Texas as a Captain, and raised a company for a regiment which served in Eastern Texas and Louisiana. At the close of the war, he moved to Mexico.

According to the Galveston News on July 4, 1866, among other passengers by the Hewes yesterday morning, "we noticed the arrival of Mr. Lewis M. Strobel with his wife and two children. They came direct from Tepic on the Pacific shore of Mexico, some few miles south of San Francisco, where he has spent upwards of a year. They sailed from Tepic to San Blas, and thence crossed the Isthmus to Aspinwall - thence by steamship to New York, thence Cairo and thence down the Mississippi to New Orleans". We understand Mr. Strobel has been induced to return to Texas chiefly in consequence of the unsettled condition of that country. Our readers will probably remember that Mr. Strobel left Texas in company with Colonel David Terry and others soon after the surrender and traveled overland to the Pacific. We have heartofore given our readers occasional information of the adventures and fortunes of Colonel Terry and his company. Colonel Terry stopped in the vicinity of Guadalajara, where we believe he purchased a large body of land and now resides. We learn through Mr. Strobel that they are all well, though Mr. Strobel did not long remain at Guadalajara, but proceeded on to the coast at Tepic.

In 1868, Louis and family returned to his old home, The “Jackson Plantation,” in Brazoria County, Texas where he lived until his death.

Mr. Strobel died on February 9, 1869, at the age of 37, in Brazoria County, Texas at his plantation. Mrs. Bettie Strobel remarried after Louis died to Mr. McGreal. She died in 1915 and is buried at the Angleton Cemetery in Brazoria County, Texas.

Military Timeline/Notations/Citings:
Louis Martin Strobel was the Captain in his own company of Texas volunteers. Age 30, appears on Muster roll Houston, Texas 9-7-1861. He enrolled 8-24-1861 at Fayette, County, Texas, enrolled by himself for the war. The number of of miles to the rendezvous was 110. The money due the Confederate states for Navy Repeater and side holster, $45.75 10-29-1861. He was on the roster in Dalton, Georgia on May 7, 1865. He resigned on November 23, 1864. Special Requisition "the command is destitute of all the necessary articles" signed Louis M. Strobel, received in Houston on July 14, 1864. They camped at the Fairgrounds near Nashville, Tennessee on October 10, 1861 (receipts enclosed for wood obtained from locals). At one point he signs Captain Lone Star Rangers. Included is a letter to W.W. Mackall A.A. General, Columbus, Kentucky, dated, October 31, 1861, Nashville, Tennessee, arrived yesterday. The company the Lone Star Rangers numbers 110 rank and file. Eleven absent due to sickness and matters of importance. Expects four more companies today.

The mounted regiment raised by Messrs. Terry and Lubbock, is now gathering at its rendezvous, near Houston, Texas. Commissions were issued to hand-picked men in all parts of the State to raise companies. Colonel Terry was determined that the regiment should be the best of its kind in the Confederate Army, and we have no doubt he has obtained his wish. The first company, we see by the Telegraph, arrived at Houston, Texas last Wednesday, tinder Captain Louis Martin Strobel, a native of South Carolina, but raised in Texas. He received a military education. His Lieutenants are W. R. Jarmon, and P. and W. Tate. The men are 104 in gun, a six-shooter, and a bowie knife, double edged, two feet long, and weighing three pounds. Every man is a perfect horseman and a splendid shot. If this regiment does not make its mark on the Lincolnites, there is no virtue in strength, courage, patriotism and thorough knowledge of the use of horses and arms.

Lewis M.Strobel - 3rd Regiment Texas Calvary State Troops - 6 months 1863-64 - Captain - Roll 227-35

Contributed on 9/11/21

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Submitted: 9/11/21 • Approved: 9/13/21 • Last Updated: 9/16/21 • R456007-G0-S3

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