OUTLAW, DAVID E. (1834 ~ 1918). David E. Outlaw, Confederate veteran, was born in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee in 1834, to David Edward and Mourning Cobb Outlaw, both of North Carolina. In either 1850 or 1854, Outlaw and two brothers immigrated to Texas and settled in Bastrop County, where David Outlaw became a farmer.
According to family legend, David Outlaw and his brothers left Tennessee shortly after their father's death, due to a conflict with their stepmother and her children. After arriving in Bastrop, Outlaw married the former Sarah Elizabeth Erwin in Bastrop County on December 3, 1857. Before the outbreak of the Civil War, the Outlaws had two children, John Henry and Adeline.
When the War broke out, David Outlaw joined the Confederate Army on March 22, 1862, in Bastrop. He was mustered into service as a private in Company B of the 17th Texas Infantry at Camp Terry, Texas on March 30.
During the War, the 17th Texas participated in the engagements of Milken's Bend on June 7, 1863, the Red River Campaign and Camden Expedition of March through May 1864, the Battle of Mansfield on April 8, 1864, the Battle of Pleasant Hill on April 9, 1864, and the Battle of Jenkins Ferry on April 30, 1864. The regiment surrendered with General E. Kirby Smith of the Trans-Mississippi Department on May 26, 1865.
In mid-1863, Outlaw returned home on leave because he had another child, Sarah Rebecca, in February 1864. After his return to Bastrop County, Outlaw and his wife, Sarah, had eight more children: Virginia Lee, David Lewis, Emma A., Hattie Ann, Ada Belle, Edwin Ruthwin, Mann, and Highman.
Outlaw continued working as a farmer and purchased numerous acres of land around his first farm north of the City of Bastrop on Sandy Creek, near McDade.
In early 1899, Outlaw's wife Sarah died and is believed to be buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery, which is also known as Old Piney Cemetery. She has no marker, but family information confirms that she is there.
On May 9, 1904, Outlaw was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home in Austin complaining of general disabilities. He lived in the Home for nearly 14 years before he passed away on April 16, 1918.
He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information taken from Family Records provided by Curtis D. Craig, Compiled Military Service Record, Confederate Home Roster, and Death Certificate.