Waul's Legion completed its organization at Brenham, Texas, during the summer of 1862. It
contained a cavalry battalion and an infantry regiment. However, the legion did not serve as one
The cavalry battalion contained six companies, later increased to seven. It served in the
Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, skirmished in Mississippi, then fought with Forrest
in Western Tennessee and Kentucky. The unit returned to Mississippi, saw action in Hood's
operations in Northern Georgia, and ended the war in Alabama. In October, 1863, it had 450
men present, but few surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East
Louisiana. The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel L. Willis; and Majors H. S. Parker, John R.
Smith, and Benjamin F. Weeks.
The infantry regiment contained twelve companies and served in the Department of Mississippi
and East Louisiana. It fought in the Vicksburg Campaign and was
captured on July 4, 1863. Here the unit reported 47 killed, 190 wounded, and 8 missing of the
381 engaged. After being exchanged and reorganized in Texas, it was stationed at Galveston
attached to the Trans-Mississippi Department. In December, 1864, the regiment had 14 officers
and 204 men, and in April, 1865, totalled 315 effectives. During May it disbanded. The field
officers were Colonels Barnard Timmons and Thomas N. Waul; Lieutenant Colonels O. Steele
and James Wrigley; and Majors E. S. Bollong, Allen Cameron, and Otto Nathusius.