Privates Wyatt and John W. Vaughan, Texas State Troops
A brief ceremony was held on Saturday morning in Galveston to recognize the memory of two Confederate soldiers who died here 149 years ago this month. Privates Wyatt and John Vaughan were father and son, respectively, serving with a regiment of state troops stationed here during the latter part of the war. Both contract typhoid fever. Eighteen-year-old John died on March 25, 1864; his 44-year-old father died three days later. Both were buried in graves in the city’s old potter’s field, which lies about 100 yards west of the site of today’s ceremony.
The old UCV plot where the Vaughans’ memorial stones were placed today contains several modern stones, but as far as I know none of the men so memorialized are actually interred there. At least one, H. R. Ostermeyer, survived the war, only to die in the hurricane that swept Galveston in September 1900.
Today’s service was sponsored by the Veuve Jefferson Davis Chapter No. 7 of the UDC, with support and assistance by the John Bell Hood Camp of the SCV, which also provided the color guard. Several Vaughan descendants attended the event.