Sergeant Y. O. McClanahan
13th Texas Cavalry
Y. O. McClanahan was elected Sergeant of the 100 man Company E, 13th Cavalry Battalion (Waller's Battalion), Walker's Texas Division, Army of the Confederate States of America. The unit fought in 15 named encounters in Louisiana during 1863 and 1864. The largest encounter was the Battle of Mansfield. Federal Major General Nathaniel P. Banks was defeated, and this ended the Red River Campaign to capture Shreveport, Louisiana and the supply plants in Marshall, Texas.
Y. O. McClanahan was born on April 13, 1837 in Roanoke County, Virginia. The 1840 U. S. Census showed him living with his grandmother. She owned 6 slaves at the time. His obituary indicated that he and his brother, John H. McClanahan, went to California in 1852. They were in Indianola, Texas in 1859. His brother became an artillery captain in the Army of Virginia. On June 11, 1862, Y. O. McClanahan married Cassendra Amelia Bonney. She was the daughter of Dr. Joel L. Bonney from Maine. Y. O. McClanahan was mustered into the army on May 14, 1862. The value of the equipment he brought with him was listed as $40, and the value of his horse was listed as $275. His fabulous horse was lost at Bonnie Carrie, Louisiana on September 8, 1862 when the company's horses were captured by Federal troops. He died in Dodge City, Kansas in 1883 from smallpox that was contracted on a cattle drive from Texas. Minnie McClanahan, his daughter, married Asbury Bascom Davidson. He was an attorney and the Lieutenant Governor of Texas from 1906 to 1912.
Frances McClanahan Neff
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