Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sam Houston IV Becomes General of Texas Army

Texas History page contributor, David Martin, advises that Sam Houston IV accepted the appointment to be the next General of the Texas Army yesterday. Sam Houston IV is the great grandson of General Sam Houston who bravely led the Texas army to victory during the Battle San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

The Texas Army was established to honor its predecessor and to keep the memory alive of those gallant men. In 1969, the Texas Army was officially reactivated by Governor Preston Smith for ceremonial purposes. Each member of the Texas Army is a commissioned "Colonel" by the Governor of Texas. The Texas Army also participates as the special honor guard in the Governor's Inauguration Parade.

Sam Houston IV will be succeeding General Carroll A. "Curly" Lewis, Jr. of the Texas Army who died at 2:45 p.m. on January 7, 2010. The appointment of Sam Houston IV came at a dinner following a special memorial service for General Lewis conducted at the San Jacinto Monument on January 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Sam Houston IV is a member of the Sam Houston Chapter #38 of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. Houston has dedicated much of his adult life to preserving the history of Texas.


Bitsy Parker said...

For the love of Texas, I just found your site and am glad to know you exist. I will add you to my blog reader! The Goliad event sounds great, but we just visited there over the Christmas holidays. Spent the night in the barracks in the presidio. It was fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Title of General of the Texas Army formally bestowed on Sam Houston IV by Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas) and Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Houston), on behalf of Governor Rick Perry, on April 21, 2010 at official ceremony at base of San Jacinto Monument with honored guests,Texas Army members and former Lt. Governor William Hobby in attendance.

Troy McGilvray, CSM (Ret) said...

I just ran across this article today. Gen Houston was my company commander in B Company, 358th INF, 90th Div, USAR, in Pasadena, TX, in the late 1950s or the early 1960s. When I retired from the TexARNG, GEN Houston helped verify some of my service, for which I am grateful. Congratulations, sir....I am proud for you! CSM (ret) Troy McGilvray, Garland, TX