CLANTON, J.G. (1845 ~ 1924). Confederate veteran J.G. Clanton was born in Minden, Louisiana in 1845. Clanton's family lived in Louisiana for one year after he was born before migrating to Texas.
He lived in Bastrop County until 1862. At the age of 17, Clanton volunteered for the Confederate Army and was enrolled in the 18th Texas Cavalry, which was organized by Nicholas H. Darnell in Dallas, Texas. The 18th served at the Chickamauga Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Ringgold Gap. According to his pension application, Clanton was discharged from the Confederate Army "at the close of the war in 1865 at Waxahachie."
He returned to Bastrop County after the war. In 1869, Clanton moved to Fort Worth to begin an unknown trade until the 1880's. In his own words, Clanton "got the mining fever" in 1880 and practiced the trade in Arizona, Colorado and Texas.
Clanton settled in Rockport, Texas in 1913 after 30 years of mining. Clanton applied for a Confederate pension in 1917, but was denied by the Commissioner of pensions because he could not establish residency in Texas since 1880. The case was taken under advisement by the Attorney General's Office and Clanton was admitted to the Confederate Veteran's Home in Austin on October 4, 1923.
Clanton died on February 2, 1924 and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery on the same day.
Clanton's biographical information was taken from Confederate Home Roster, Compiled Military Records documents and Confederate Pension Application records.