Santos Benavides, Texas Cavalry Captain, 1823

Latinx soldiers fought on both sides in America’s bloody the Civil War (1861 – 1865).  Among the Confederate officers was Santos Benavides, born on November 1, 1823 in in Laredo, Texas.  Benavides was the great-great- grandson of the founder of Laredo.  Benavides was commissioned a captain in the Thirty-third Texas Cavalry and was the highest ranking Tejano (Texan-Mexican-American) in the Confederate Army.  After the war, Benavides continued to served his Texas homeland.  He was elected to three terms in the Texas State Legislature and twice as an alderman of Laredo.

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