"The 12th Texas Cavalry, commanded by Colonel William Parsons, was recruited
from Limestone, Freestone, Ellis, Hill, Johnson, Parker, Kaufman, Williamson,
and Travis Counties .  The 12th had several names throughout the war.  It was
known as the 4th Texas Dragoons, the Parson’s Dragoons, and William Parsons’
Cavalry (both the regiment and later the brigade).  B Company, raised by A. M.
Maddox, was known as the Freestone Rangers, Freestone Boys, and Maddox’s Cavalry."