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Journal of a graduate student in military history and the American Civil War

“Texas Jack” Omohundro Round Up

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I’m vacationing this week in Forth Worth, Texas attending the “Texas Jack Round Up,” the bi-annual gathering of the “Texas Jack” Association (see website here). John B. “Texas Jack” Omohundro was enormously famous in his era. The best friend of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, he was a famous western scout. And, he’s family, that is to say I married into the extended family.

Texas Jack Omohundro

John B. “Texas Jack” Omohundro
Source: http://www.Texasjack.org

The following is a quick snapshot of Jack’s Civil War experience.

When the war between the states broke out, Jack’s older brother Orville (pictured with Jack below) joined the Confederate army as a lieutenant under the command of Col. J.E.B Stuart. Jack, then 14, immediately volunteered his services, and was, to his great disappointment, denied because of his age. After several attempts, he was finally accepted into the army when he was l6, and was assigned to his brother’s regiment.

Jack (left) and Orvile Omohundro

John B. (left) and Orville Omohundro
Source: http://texasjack.org

Jack immediately gained renown as a scout of ability and bravery, working directly under Col. Stuart (pictured below), and was soon to be widely known as the “Boy Scout of the Confederacy”. Many times, he would act as a spy, moving among the Union troops as a chicken peddler or some other kind of tradesman, obtaining information about the enemy. Little was he to know that within the next 10 years, his best friends and saddle-mates would be former Union soldiers.

Colonel J.E.B. Stuart, CSA
Sources: Wikicommons

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  1. I have a print by James F. Omohundro……it is called “the chase”. It is of John Burwell “Texas Jack” Omohundro, Jr. and it is of two union soldiers chasing texas jack. It is number 982 and signed by James F. Omohundro. I am looking for any info as to its value or any history of it….copy righted in 1969 by the American Press

    Elizabeth Thrift

    October 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    • I am a relative of Texas Jack and am interested in buying the print. I own one, but would like to have one for each of my sons. If you are interested in selling it, please contact me at bomohundro@apexsystemsinc.com. Thanks!

      Buddy Omohundro

      November 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

  2. I have a print by James F. Omohundro……it is called “the chase”. It is of John Burwell “Texas Jack” Omohundro, Jr. and it is of two union soldiers chasing texas jack. It is number 982 and signed by James F. Omohundro. I am looking for any info as to its value or any history of it….copy righted in 1969 by the American Press, Inc.

    Elizabeth Thrift

    October 2, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    • This is my grandafather, James Omohundro’s print you are speaking of.

      Michelle Fisk

      December 1, 2009 at 5:52 am


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