Welcome to the web site of the Third Regiment of Texas Cavalry. I am Major Dyson Nickle, the commanding Officer of the 3rd Texas Cavalry, and Company "C" also known as “The Lone Star Defenders.” Our primary focus is the accurate portrayal of the cavalry and dismounted cavalry during the Civil War period.

We participate in battle re-enactments, drills, living history, classroom lectures, parades, encampments and much much more. Our goal is the preservation of the tradition and legacy of the Horse Soldier, primarily during the Civil War but with some attention to other periods as well. Though the name implies a "Texas Cavalry" impression, emphasis is on the cavalry of the period as our secondary impression is that of the 6th US Cavalry, Company K. We do mounted, dis-mounted and unmounted impressions.

We participate in events and drill, the 3rd Texas Cavalry enjoys the camaraderie of friendship and mutual respect that a "Gentleman’s Cavalier" would have enjoyed of the period. We encourage the development of character traits of moral courage, loyalty, honesty and camaraderie. The 3rd is as at home fighting and encamping with the Union as it is with the Confederacy at Local, State and National events. Our goal is to accurately depict the life and times of the cavalry.

Our encampments strive to be as accurate to history as possible with great attention to details. Safety and respect for ourselves and horses are paramount in our approach to drill and training. With the development of a standard operating procedure each new recruit is shown what is required and expected as the trooper begins to know and come to love this fascinating hobby. We strive to provide the atmosphere which encourages "family participation" and enjoyment in a Christian atmosphere. We have both men and women re-enactors in the 3rd Texas Cavalry.


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