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Battle of Laredo
Part of American Civil War
Date 18 March 1864
Location Laredo, Texas
Result (Confederacy) victory
Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy) 22x20px United States (Union)
1st Texas Cavalry US
Santos Benavides Alfred Holt
42 200
Casualties and losses
0 2 KIA/DOW[1]

The Battle of Laredo was fought during the American Civil War. Laredo, Texas was a main route to export cotton to Mexico on behalf of the Confederate States. On March 18, 1864, Major Alfred Holt led a union force of about 200 men from Brownsville, Texas to destroy 5,000 bales of cotton stacked at the San Agustín Plaza. Colonel Santos Benavides commanded 42 Confederate soldiers and repelled three union attacks at Zacate Creek. Colonel Santos Benavides secured passage of the 5,000 cotton bales into Mexico[2][3]


  1. Roll of Honor reports of the 1st Texas Cavalry list Corporal Wilson Fensell and Private Peter Purcell of Company F died March 23, and March 24, 1864; both were buried in Brownsville Texas. see .pp.20-21
  2. Handbook of Texas Online; Colonel Santos Benavides (accessed November 25, 2008)
  3. Webb County Heritage Foundation; War on the Rio Grande