Empire Builders of South Texas – DARIUS CIRIAQUE RACHAL – Confederate – Part II
In 1856, Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, then Justice of the Peace in San Antonio, liquidated many of his land grants given to him by the Republic of Texas. Edward and Frank White purchased two sections of his land at White Point, totaling 16,000 acres.
By 1857, young Darius Ciriaque Rachal of Liberty, Texas joined the White brothers as cattle driver, overseeing their herd they had purchased in Liberty and guided it back to White Point in San Patricio County. He remained working for them for the next three and a-half years.
The 1860 elections caused political upheaval across the States and territories of the United States. Texas, considered itself a Southern State, supporting the position of slavery. Most Texans had pretty much made up their minds that if Lincoln were elected, Texas would secede from the Union. They were bent on protecting their position on slavery.
By February 1, 1861, Texas followed through. Later that year the Confederate War Department formed the 5th Texas Infantry Regiment. Darius C. Rachal would join the 5th Texas Infantry (later to be known as the “Bloody Fifth) on July 11, 1861 in Washington County, and served under General John Bell Hood.
Unit records describe the following: 5TH TEX. VOL. INF. REGT. COMPANY F – “COMPANY INVINCIBLES”; RACHAL, DARIUS C. – “Detailed to Ambulance Corps, Aug., 1862: Appt. Cpl., Feb., 1863: Granted furlough "of indulgence" to Tex., Feb., 1864: went AWOL, did not return to Co.” It was discovered that he had joined a part of the 5th serving Robert E. Lee.
Darius was involved in the Battle of the Wilderness. He saw combat at the second Battle of Manassas, Antietam, and then at Gettysburg where a bullet went through D. C. Rachal's hat and grazed his head. He later fought hand-to-hand combat at Chickamauga and the Battle of the Wilderness. On April 9, 1865, he was present at Appomattox for the surrender of the Army of Virginia to General Grant.
Within three months he had returned to White Point, a little older and a lot wiser.