Colonel Frederick S. Bass (CSA)

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Frederick Samuel Bass

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Brunswick, VA, USA
Death: July 9, 1897 (65)
Austin, TX, USA
Place of Burial: Austin, Travis, TX, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary F. Bass
Father of Robert E. Bass

Occupation: Teacher, Captain of Co E 1st Texas Infantry, Colonel of 1st Texas Infantry, Professor, President of Marshall University
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About Colonel Frederick S. Bass (CSA)

BASS, FREDERICK SAMUEL (1831–1897). Frederick Samuel Bass was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, on October 27, 1831, the son of Benjamin S. Bass and Sarah (Petway) Bass. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1851. Before the Civil War, he taught at a military academy in Marshall, Texas.

On May 28, 1861, Bass enlisted as captain of Company E, often known as the Marshall Guards, which subsequently became Company E of the First Texas Infantry. The First Texas Infantry served in the Eastern theater of operations as part of the Army of Northern Virginia. On September 17, 1862, he was promoted to major, and on January 5, 1864, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. On July 15, 1864, he was promoted again, this time to the rank of colonel and overall commander of the First Texas Infantry Regiment. During the October 7, 1864, battle at Darbytown Road, he was injured with a slight flesh wound in the left leg, but he recovered quickly and resumed his duties. On April 9, 1865, Bass surrendered along with the rest of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant and the United States Army at Appomattox Courthouse. As commander of the First Texas Infantry Regiment, Bass surrendered sixteen officers and 133 soldiers at Appomattox.

After the war, Bass returned to Marshall and served as the president of Marshall University until 1879. On July 30, 1868, he married Mary Ezell and had one son, Robert. After his resignation as president of Marshall University the family moved to Austin. By 1896 he was a registered resident of the Texas Confederate Home and died there on July 9, 1897. He is buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.


James A. Mundie, Jr., with Bruce S. Allardice, Dean E. Letzring, and John H. Luckey, Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002). Col. Frederick S. Bass, CSA (, accessed April 20, 2006. Ralph A. Wooster, ed., Lone Star Blue and Gray: Essays on Texas in the Civil War (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1995).


American Civil War Soldiers about Frederick Bass

Name: Frederick Bass

Side Served: Confederacy

State Served: Texas

Service Record: Enlisted as a Major.

Commission in Company S, 1st Infantry Regiment Texas.

Promoted to Full Lieutenant Colonel.

Promoted to Full Colonel.

Sources: 425,507

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about Frederick S Bass

Name: Frederick S Bass

Rank at enlistment: Major

State Served: Texas

Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company S, Texas 1st Infantry Regiment.

Promoted to Full Lt Col.

Promoted to Full Colonel.

Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

Field Officers, Regiments & Battalions of CS Army

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about F. S. Bass

Name: F. S. Bass

Side: Confederate

Regiment State/Origin: Texas

Regiment Name: 1 Texas Infantry

Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Regiment, Texas Infantry

Company: E

Rank In: Captain

Rank In Expanded: Captain

Rank Out: Colonel

Rank Out Expanded: Colonel

Film Number: M227 roll 2

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Colonel Frederick S. Bass (CSA)'s Timeline

October 27, 1831
Brunswick, VA, USA
Age 37
Harrison, TX, USA
July 9, 1897
Age 65
Austin, TX, USA
Austin, Travis, TX, USA