Guy B. Broadwater

Portrait of Guy B. Broadwater Headstone Photograph

Guy B.
Dec. 28, 1894
Aged 50 yrs.
Ser. Major 13 Va. Batt.
Full Name: Guy B. Broadwater
Location: Section:Confederate Field, Section 2 (D)
Row:T  Number:27
Reason for Eligibility: Confederate Veteran 
Birth Date: 1844 
Died: December 28, 1894 
Burial Date: December 31, 1894 
BROADWATER, GUY B. (1844~1894) Guy B. Broadwater, Confederate veteran, was born September 24, 1847, in Fairfax County, Virginia, and was descended from a long line of soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Mexican War.

Following in the tradition of his ancestors, Broadwater, with the outbreak of the Civil War, served as Sergeant Major of Company A of the 43rd Battalion of the Virginia Cavalry, which was also called Mosby‘s Rangers. Serving under the “Gray Ghost,” Colonel John Singleton Mosby, Company A was organized on Wednesday, June 10, 1863, at Rector‘s Cross Roads, about four miles west of the city of Middleburg. Since no information detailing Broadwater‘s enlistment is available, it is assumed that he joined on June 10, 1863. The book, 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, Mosby‘s Command, states that Broadwater was involved in a wagon camp raid on November 26, 1863, at Brandy Station. That next year, on September 15, 1864, he participated in a fight near Germantown and on November 6, 1864, he appears to have been taken prisoner at Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia. He was paroled on April 22, 1865, at Winchester, Virginia. On his oath of allegiance to the United States, the 20 year-old Broadwater, who may have lied about his age, was listed as being five foot eight inches tall with a fair complexion and dark hair and eyes.

After the War, Broadwater migrated to Texas in February 1868, and eventually settled in Hallettsville, Lavaca County. According to a Texas Legal Directory found in the Texas State Library and Archives, he read law and was admitted to the State Bar on July 19, 1873, and served as County Attorney. However, sometime later, he moved to Austin, where he died December 28, 1894. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery three days later.

Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Record; materials provided by Tom Evans; and
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