Historic Markers Across Alabama

Shackleford's Red Rovers

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: on Alabama St., Courtland, Alabama
County: Lawrence
Coordinates: N 34° 39.981    W 087° 18.651
  34.66635    -87.31085
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The Red Rovers

Volunteer military company organized at Courtland 1835 to aid Texas in struggle for independence. Commanded by Dr. Jack Shackelford, local physician, company derived its name from color of home spun uniforms, made by citizens of Courtland. In first battle Rovers were assigned to regiment cut off, captured at Coleta, March 20, 1836. Surrendered on promise of return to U. S. On March 27, company and others, 365 men, executed at Goliad by order of Gen. Santa Anna. Shackelford and seven others Rovers spared. He later escaped and returned to Courtland. Goliad incident, plus Alamo, rallied U. S. support and guaranteed freedom for Texas.

Red Rovers Roster

* Capt. J. Shackelford • * Lt. Wm. C. Francis •Sgt. F. G. Shackelford • Sgt. A. J. Foley • * Sgt. J. D. Hamilton • Sgt. J. D. Hamilton • Sgt. C. M. Short • Cpl. J. H. Barkley • Cpl. H. H. Bentley • Cpl. David Moore • Cpl. Andrew Winter • Patrick H. Anderson • John N. Barnhill • Joseph Blackwell • * George W. Brooks • * L. M. Brooks • T. E. Burbridge • F. T. Burt • J. W. Cain • Thomas Cantwell • Seth Clark • John G. Coe • * D. Cooper • Harvey Cox • R. T. Davidson • George L. Davis • H. C. Day • A. Dickson • Alfred Dorsey • H. L. Douglas • W. C. Douglas • James E. Ellis • Samuel Farley • * Joseph Fenner • Robert Fenner • J. G. Ferguson • E. B. Franklin • D. Gamble • M. C. Garner • J. E. Grimes • William Gunter • William Hemphill • John Hyser • John Jackson • John N. Jackson • H. W. Jones • Charles McKinley • John H. Miller • D. A. Murdock • William Quinn • W. F. Saavage • J. N. Seaton • W. S. Shackelford • * Wilson Simpson • B. Strunk • James Vaughan • Wm. E. Vaughan • James S. Wilder • Robert W. Wilson

* Escaped at execution, on patrol, or on leave when unit captured.

Erected 1964 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Shackleford's Red Rovers