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Col. James B. Likens
Birth: 1829, Morgan County, Georgia,
Death: Sep. 18, 1878 Houston, Harris County, Texas
Colonel of the 35th Texas Cavalry. He was so famous the regiment was
better known as "Likens" Regiment. Col James B. Likens also served for a
time as a brigade commander along the Texas Gulf Coast. James B. Likens
and his regiment were very active in the Red River Campaign and fought
from Blair's Landing until the end of the campaign, then served along the
front lines in Louisiana. His regimental number was a high number due to
forming in 1863, yet Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry Regt. retained their
horses for much of the war, due to their excellence.
James B. Likens was a very important lawyer in civilian life. After the
war Likens was elected to the Texas Legislature and served as a very
prominent attorney in Galveston, Houston, and Beaumont, where his legal
His service as a young man in the Mexican War is also noted on the grave
marker, but unfortunately it tends to obscure his illustrious service as
an officer in the Confederate Army and Texas legislator. The grave also
fails to mention his command of the important port of Sabine Pass and
distinguished service as a Major in another CSA unit before CSA Secretary
of War George W. Randolph gave him a direct commission to form his own
cavalry regiment and serve as the commander.
James B. Likens was presented a sword in Richmond, Virginia on Sept 2,
1862. Source: Diary of a Confederate Congressman 1862-1863: The Diary of
Adolphus Sterne edited by Harriet Smither, Southwestern Historical
Quarterly 1935 Vol 38 No.3 p.280.
Although buried in Houston, Harris County, Texas the Sons of Confederate
Veterans Camp 1295 from Beaumont, Texas and order of the Confederate Rose
Chapter #11 erected a monument for him on May 12, 2001.
Additional information on James B. Likens can be found in the Handbook of
Texas and Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.