William Baxter Pendleton Gaines was born 1808 in South Carolina. By October 1835 Gaines was a wealthy man and he contributed money to the Texas Revolution and served as an officer in the volunteer force from Nacogdoches under Gen. Thomas Rusk that marched to reinforce the Siege of Béxar. Gaines acted as a commissary and quartermaster. After the army reorganized, Gaines returned to Nacogdoches to serve as the deputy paymaster general. After the battle of San Jacinto acting Commander in Chief General Rusk named him paymaster general of the Texas Army. In 1846 he joined the United States Army to fight in the Mexican War. He fought with distinction during the battle of Monterey and was awarded a sword for gallantry. When the Civil War broke out, he left his plantation to join the Confederate army. Despite his age he was elected colonel of the Second Regiment of the Sixteenth State Militia Brigade on August 31, 1861. William B. P. Gaines died in 1891.
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