Part of an old map of the San Jacinto area from the Texas Revolution

Veteran Bio

Texian Location:  Participant

The Kemp Sketch

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PINCHBACK, JAMES R.--Arrived in Texas from Georgia. In the Headright Certificate issued to him February 1, 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners of Gonzales County it is stated that he arrived in Texas February 15, 1836, but William Fairfax Gray stated that he arrived on about February 10th. Mr. Gray in his GRAY'S DIARY stated that he and his companions were travelling on horses from Nacogdoches to Washington, Texas. They stopped on the night of February 11, 1836 at Widow Anderson's. "Soon after our arrival a foot traveler, a young man from Georgia, who is going to join a volunteer from that state now in Texas, came in and partook of our supper. He left Nacogdoches about the time we did, and has kept up with us, generally sleeping and eating with us. His baggage consists of a stout coat and saddle bags. There we occasionally relieve him of by carrying for him. He stops for nothing but pushes right ahead, through rain, mud, and water courses. Today he swam the stream that our horses waded. He did not know the ford that the Mexicans showed us. He will make a fine soldier if he lives to reach the army." On February 14th at Washington he wrote -"The foot passenger who has accompanied us for the last six days, whose name is James Pinchback, this morning enlisted in Sherman's Company of volunteers for the war."

Written by Louis W. Kemp, between 1930 and 1952. Please note that typographical and factual errors have not been corrected from the original sketches. The biographies have been scanned from the original typescripts, a process that sometimes allows for mistakes in the new text. Researchers should verify the accuracy of the texts' contents through other sources before quoting in publications. Additional information on the veteran may be available in the Herzstein Library.

Battle Statistics

  • Died in Battle: No
  • Rank: Private
  • Company: Capt. William Wood

Personal Statistics

  • Alternate Names: Pinchbeck
  • Origin: Georgia
  • Came to Texas: 1836 Feb
  • Date of Death: before 1845
  • Bounty Certificate: 2508
  • Donation Certificate: 317