Col. Peter.C. Hardeman's 1st Texas Cavalry was turned over to Gen. John A.Wharton's headquarters at Hempstead,Texas near Camp Groce. Gen. Wharton's uncle was Lenonard W. Groce, owner of the Liendo Plantation where Camp Groce was located. On April6,1865, Gen.Wharton was murdered by a fellow officer in Houston.
My great grandmother's brother, Rev. Ben F. Blanton from Fannin County, was furloughed at Camp Groce and struggled back to Fannin County on foot with his brother, Thomas J. Blanton. When furloughed at Camp Groce, Tom Blanton was in Col.Henry C. McNeill's 5th Texas Cavalry.He enlisted at Bonham, Texas and was sent to Shreveport Louisiana with replacements from Fannin County and reinforced the 5th Texas Cavalry which recently returned from Brig.Gen.Henry H.Sibley's disasterous New Mexico Campaign. Tom Blanton and the 5th Texas Cavalry then saw action in the Red River Campaign in Brig. Gen. Thomas Green's brigade, the former commanding officer of the 5th Texas Cavalry in New Mexico.
In February, 1865, Lt.Col.George W.Guess was placed in command of the 31st Texas Cavalry. The dismounted regiment was marched to Rusk,Texas and consolidated with Brig. Gen. Hamilton P. Bee's brigade.
In May 1865, Brig. Gen.Bee's Brigade including Lt.Col.George W. Guess' 31st Texas Cavalry Regiment, was disbanded at Rusk,Texas.