A Guide to the D. U. Barziza Items
Decimus et Ultimus Barziza, lawyer, politician, author, businessman, and officer in the Confederate Army, was born on September 4, 1838, in Virginia, the tenth and last son of Phillip Ignatius and Cecelia Amanda (Bellett) Barziza. At the outbreak of the Civil Warqv he volunteered for service in the Confederate Army and was soon elected first lieutenant in Company C of the Fourth Texas Infantry, which became part of Gen. John Bell Hood'sqv famed Texas Brigade in Robert E. Lee'sqv Army of Northern Virginia. Barziza was promoted to captain and led Company C into the battle of Gettysburg. Barziza later settled in Houston, where he established a well-known law practice. He also became active in politics as a staunch Democratic opponent of Reconstruction. Barziza married Patricia Nicholas of Buckingham County, Virginia, in March 1869. They had no children, but in July 1872 they adopted Barziza's orphaned nephew Phillip Dorsey Barziza. Decimus et Ultimus Barziza died after a lingering illness in his home at the corner of San Jacinto and Walnut streets in Houston, on January 30, 1882.
Biographical sketch of and newspaper article about D. U. Barziza.
D. U. Barziza Items, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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