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' was born January 12, 1836 ; near
: Pickensville, S. C. ; moved with
ihis parents to Attalla county,
I Miss., in 1849 ; first enlisted with
I Rocky Point Rifles, June 1, 18G1,
i but they would not be ready for
j service until fall, so he went to
i Union City, Tenn., and enlisted as
sergeant in Company I, 12th T'.Iis-
\ sissippi Regiment, (Durant Rifles) ;
\ first orders given to go to Manas-
isas, got in hearing distance and
jwere stopped at Orange Court-
1 house (Capt. Cason was in com-
j mand, under Col. Taylor) ; mus-
itered out at West Point, Miss.,
^took oath of allegiance at Grei^^da
iI^Tiss. ; W8S in the following bat-
tles : Williamsburg, Manassas.
; Hanover Junction,Fredericksburg,
; Gaines ]\lill, Seven Pines, Chancel-
. lorsville (all the foregoing in Vir-
:ginia), Gettysburg, Cullpepper
I Courthouse, Cross Roads, Rome,
[Old Franklin, Brady Station;
captured and put in the pen — sent
to Washington, D. C, where he

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was kept for forty days and ex-
changed at Petersburg; saw ser-
vice in Virginia, Maryland, Penn-
sylvania, Georgia; was in infan-
try service three years; furlough-
ed from Frederickburg, Va.,
(winner quarters) to Mississippi
for thirty days; enlisted the sec-
ond time (for the rest of the war)
at Yorktown, Va., in the cavalry
service (Mister was colonel, under
Armstrong, division commander) ;
saw service in Mississippi, Ala-
bama and Georgia during the sec-
ond enlistment; wounded five
times in all — twice at Gaines Mill,
once at Second Manassas, once at
Cross Roads, once in a skirmish
in Northern Virginia — wounded
in thigh, leg, breast (2), eye;
married in Carroll county, Miss ,
January 30, 1867 ; moved to Tex-
as in 1871, locating in Hill county,
where he remained one year, then
removed to Erath county, where
he has since resided, except a few
years he was a citizen of Hico.

was born November 5, 1842, in
Talladega county, Ala. ; entered
the Confederate army September
1861, joining Company K, 18th
Alabama Regiment; at the close
of the war was in prison at Camp
Chase, Ohio ; w^as given his liberty
in June, 1865 ; was in the battles
of Missionary Ridge, Peach Tree
Creek, Franklin, and many other
smaller engagments; was slightly"
w^ounded in the leg at Atlanta ;
saw services in the states of Mis-
sissippi, Tennessee and Georgia;
came to Texas in 1867, locating in
Limestone county; removing to
Hamilton county in 1875, where
he has since contined to make
his home.


was born November 8, 1845, in
Benton County, Ala. ; enlisted in
the Confederate service in Octo-
ber, 1861, joining Company F, 22
Alabama Volunteer Infantry, as
4th sergeant ; followed Bragg into
Kentucky with Smith ; transferred
to Company H, 42nd Georgia In-
fantry ; after the Seige of Vicks-
burg joined 11th Texas Calvary;
was in the battles of Perry-
ville. Baker's Creek and Seige ol!
Vicksburg; left command at
Greenville, N. C, in April, 1865,
and was paroled at Talladega,
Ala. ; in 1866, he came to Texas
and located in Bosque county,
where he has continued to resid\


was born September 28, 1838, at
"Webster, N. C. ; enlisted in the
Federal service at Cassville, Mo.,
March 22, 1862, in Company E,
6th Missouri Cavalry; mustered
out at New Orleans on September
17, 1865; at time ol mustering out
he held the rank of 2nd lieuten-
ant ; the principal battle in which
he took an active part was fought
at Prairie Grove, Ark. ; removed
to Texas in August, 1874, locating
st Iredell, removing to Nolen
county in 1900, w^here he remained
until 1911, w^hen he came to Hico,
his present home.


was born January 6, 1843, in
iVIurphy, N. C. ; enlisted in the
Federal army at Marshfield, Mo.,
where he joined Company F, 16th
Missouri Volunteer Cavalry (Col.
McMahan), serving twenty months


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and was mustered out at Spring-
field, Mo., June 30, 1865; came to
Texas in 1879 and located at
Duflau, then removed to Hico in
1888, where he has since been a
most substantial citizen.

G. W. T. HALL.

was born February 18, 1832, near
New Bloomfield, Callaway county,
^Missouri; on August 15, 1861, he
enlisted in Company D (Capt. Tom
Tuttle), 3rd Division Price's army
(Confederate) ; was in the Dry
Wood battle fought in Vernon
county. Mo., also the battle fought
at Lexington, where he was left
in the hospital ancf was later
furloughed and returned home ;
among others (all ablebodied men)
was enrolled in the Missouri Mili-
tia, (Federal), where he served
two years, but never was called
into active service ; came to Texas
in January, 1875 ; settling in
Dallas county ; later moving to
Ellis county; thence to Bosque
county in 1884 ; finally locating in
Hico, where he has been a citi-
zen some eight or nine years.


was born March 16, 1840, near
Toronto, Canada; moved to Ar-
kansas in 1860, locating at Ben-
tonville ; enlisted in the Confed-
erate army at Boston Mountain,
Ark., in February, 1861, in Com-
pany F. 15th Arkansas Volunteer
Infantry, Adair's Brigade, Mc-
Cullough 's Division ; fought in the
battles of Pea Ridge (Elk Horn),
Tupelo, luka, Wilson's Creek,
Grant's landing place below Vicks
burg. Big Black Bridge and was in

the Vicksburg seige ; surrendered,
paroled and went home, after-
wards joining Captain Water's
Company, Adair's Regiment of
Standwitty 's Indian Brigade ;
was mustered out at Fayetteville,
Ark., in the spring of 1865, came
to Texas in 1893 and located at
Hico, where he has since resided,
with the exception of four years
in Runnels county.


was born September 15, 1837, in
Dixon county, Tennessee; remov-
ed to Williamson county, Texas,
in 1849; enlisted in the service ol
the Confederacy at Goliad, Tex-
as, in 1861, joining Company D,
Col. Bee's Regiment, which was
later disbanded, when he enlisted
in Company D, Waller's Battalion,
1st Texas Cavalry; principal bat-
tles in which he was engaged were
as follows : Camp Viceland,
Franklin, Opelousas, •Mansfield,
Pleasant Hill, Peach Orchnrd,
Blain 's Landing, Simmsport,
Verwick 's Bay ; was never muster-
ed out; returned to Williamson
county, Texas, in 1875 ; removed
to Comanche county, where he
resided in 1876-77, later moving to
Erath county until 1882, when he
came to Hico, where he has since
made his home.



was born November 7, 1837, in
Saline county, Arkansas ; in June,
1861, enlisted in Bronaugh's Bat-
tery, French's Corps, Heavy Ar-
tillery, serving as 2nd lieutenant,
and was stationed the first nine
months on the Potomac ; then

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transferred to 3rd Arkansas In-
fantry, and was with Joseph E.
Johnson on the Peninsular cam-
paign ; resigned June 1, 1862, cros-
sing over the ^lississippi River,
where he joined Hawthorne's
Regiment, Fagan's Brigade,
Churchhill's Division; laid down
his arms at ^larshall, Texas, in
1865 ; he served as second lieuten-
ant throughout the w^ar, but was in
command of his men most of the
time while the captain was sick
and the 1st lieutenant was on a
furlough, and was in command at
^Marshall when the troops dis-
banded ; he came to Texas in 1866
and located in Beil county ; later
moving (January, 1874), to Ham-
ilton count}^ and made his resi-
dence at Old Hico until the com-
ing of the Texas Central Railroad,
when the town was moved to the
present site in 1880, and bought tlie
first lot sold in the city (this lot 'S
one where Connolly's store
stands) ; Hico still claims him as
a citizen.


was born in July, 1842, near
Cassville, Mo. ; enlisted for six
months in the Confederate ser-
vice at Gadfly, Mo., on February
15, 1862, in Captain Suttles'
Company, Kavanaugh 's Regiment,
^Missouri Volunteers, under Gen-
eral Price (Rains' Division) ; after
the battle of Elk Horn was dis-
charged at Corinth, ^liss. ; went
to Arkansas, and on July 20, same
year, enlisted in Company K,
(Johnson's), Arkansas Volunteers,
King's Regiment, Churchill's
Division ; was in the following
prominent battles: Elk Horn,
Prairie Grove, Helena, Jenkins'

Ferry ; saw service in Missouri,
Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisi-
ana ; was mustered out at Fort
Smith, Ark., on June 9, 1865 ; re-
moved to this section of Texas in
1880, where he has since resided.



was born about seventy-three
years ago in Franklin county, N.
C. ; came to Texas January 4,
1850, locating in Lavaca county;
in the spring of 1862, enlisted in
Company I, 1st Texas Cavalry, at
Velasco ; was in the battle of
jMansfield and other smaller fights ;
left the service in May, 1865, in
Colorado county, Texas; has been
in this section of the state for
j:ome nine vears.



was born in Kentucky, November
9, 1837 ; in June, 1861, joined Tin-
nins' Company, Arkansas State
Troops, for three months' service;
rejoined the 1st Indian Calvary
Regiment under Col. Weighty;
saAv service in Arkansas, Indiaa
Territory and ^Missouri ; the only
battle of importance in which he
took part was at Oak Hill, ]\Io. ;
then in June, 1865, he was mus-
tered out of the service at Fay-
etteA^lle, Ark. ; came to Texas in
1888 and located near Duffau,
and has been a resident of this
vicinity ever since.


was born August 4, 1837, in Gray-
son cuonty, Va. ;removed to Rome,
Ga., with his parents in the year



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1840; joined the Confederate ser-
vice Apr. 15, 1861, as a corporal in
Cherokee Field Artillery, Cum-
ming's Brigade, Stephen's Divi-
sion, Hood Corps, at Rome, Ga.;
was later promoted a sergeant;
half of his company was captured
in North Carolina and those who
escaped disbanded, just before
Lee's surrender; took part in
many battles, among whch w^e
mention — Tazewell, Tenn., Cum-
berland Gap, Perryville, Big
Black, Seige of Vicksburg, Look-
out Mountain, Resaca, Atlanta,
Frankfort, Nashville; saw service
in the following states: Georgia,
Virginia, North Carolina, Tennes-
see, Kentucky, ^Mississippi, South
Carolina; came to Texas in 1890
and located in ^lilam county; the
next fall removed to Bosque
county; thence to Hico in 1901-,
where he is yet a citizen.


was born January 30, 1838, in
Russell county, Ala. ; mustered in-
to the Confederate service at
Carthage, Texas, in May, 1862,
joining Company E, IQth Texas
Infantry, Waterhouse 's Regiment,
Walker's Division ; took part in all
fight of his command, except
Jenkin's Ferry; paroled in Aug-
ust, 1865, by General E. R. S.
Canby; came to Hamilton county
in 1879, thence to Hico in 1885,
and has since made his home
among us.


was born March 30, 1837, in
Tippecanoe county, Ind. ; removed
to Missouri with his parents ;

thence to Arkansas; after which
he came to Texas in 1854; locat-
ing in Bell county; took up arms
for the Confederacy and joined
Company I, 17th Texas Infantry,
Walker 's Division ; was in no reg-
ular battle ; left the service in
1865; located on Falls' Creek,
Hamilton county, m 1884; then in
1886 he moved over on Honey
Creek; at present he is making
his home in Clariette.


was born April 23, 1841, in
Thomas county, Georgia; enlisted
in Company K, 5th Florida Regi-
ment, at Tallehasse, Leon county;
Fla., in April 1861 ; was mustered
out at Appomattox Courthouse,
April 9, 1865 ;took part in the fam-
ous battles of Chancellorsville,
Seven Days, Second Battle of
Manassas, Harper's Ferry, Wil-
derness, Gettysburg, and many
other smaller conflicts ; was
wounded at Sharpsburg, Md.,
September 17, 1862 ; came to Texas
in January, 1870, locating at
Groesbeck, Limestone county ; re-
moved to Iredell in 1879, from
w^hich place he moved to the vi-
cinity of Hico in 1885, where h:3
continues to make his home.


was born September 29, 1846, in
Decatur county, Ga. ; entered the
Confederate army at Bainbridge,
Ga., in March, 1864; joining Com-
pany I (Capt T. H. Hodgekiss),
3rd Georgia Reserves; was a
guard at Andersouville prison
from April to September, 1864;










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then removed to Camp Lawton,
prison, where he continued guard
duty from September to Decem-
ber of the same year; when, un-
der the command of General
Hardee, his regiment was dis-
patched to Savanah, Ga. ; the bat-
tle of Coosahatchie, fought De- j
eember 4, 1864, was the only en-
gi gcment he participated in, as j
he was badly wounded in the j
onslaught and was in the hospital
for several months afterwards ;
until this day, he has never been
mustered out of the service; he
has been identified with Hico'5
superb citizenship many j^ears.



was born March 6, 1837, at Tren-
ton, Tenn. ; enlisted in the Con-
federate service at Augusta Ark.,
on May 10, 1862, joining Com-
pany C, Bell's Regiment, Trans-
Mississippi Department ; was elec-
ted 3rd lieutenant the day fol-
lowing; was in the battles of
Helena, Poison Springs, Saline
River, Prairie Grove, etc. ; during
his enlistment saw service in
Arkansas, ^Missouri and Louisiana ;
surrendered and was mustered out
at Marshall, Texas, in April, 1865,
at which time he was holding a
captain's mission; after the war
returned to Arkansas, where he
resided until his removal to Hico,
Texas, August 8, 1889, where he
has since resided.


was born May 15, 1845, in Dade
county. Mo. ; enlisted July 25,
1864, in the 6th Missouri Volun-

teer Calvary (Federal) at St.
Louis, Mo. ; was in the pontoon
section and saw service principal-
ly in Louisiana ; was mustered out
September 12, 1865 ; came to Tex-
as in December, 1872, locating in
Bell county ; removed to William-
son count}^ May 4, 1874, and to
Hico August 10, 1883, where he
has since made his home.



was born February 15, 1846, in
Fayette county, Ala.; enlisted
November, 1863, in Company D,
Alabama Calvary, Patterson's
Brigade ; was mustered out June,
1865, at Brown's Mill, Ala.; was
in the battles of Athens, Moulton
and various smaller engagements;
his regiment. Forest's Calvary,
brought up Hood's rear on their
retreat out of Franklin, Tenn. ;
came to Texas in 1877, locating
in the northern part of the state,
later removing to Hico, where he
has continued to reside until the
present, with the exception of one
year spent in Corpus Christi.


He was a bJack kitten and
his name was Christopher Co-
lumbus. Perhaps there never
was a cat in the world more
patriotic in his actions, for he
went to war when Lincoln first
issued the call for soldiers, and
stayed till after the war was
over and peace was declared.
He was in a hundred battles.
He was in dang-er of his life
more than a hundred times.
He was wounded by g-un shots


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in four places at least. He
lost one eye in the service ot
his country. His tail was cut
off. He was lamed in one fore
leg". He was shot througfh the
body so that his breathing- was
short and uncertain; but he liv-
ed througfh all the vicissitudes
of the battle and camp life and
came home with the company —
or, rather the sad remnant of
the company — the war-scarred
veteran. When he died, sever-
al years afterwards, the boys
of the city and the veteran
soldiers with whom he had fed
and foug-ht united to g^ive him a
military funeral; and I am sure
that his g"rave oug-ht to be dec-
orated with flowers on each
Memorial Day.

He was only a half-g"rown
kitten when the war broke out,
and he rode away tied on the
top of his master's knapsack.
His master went throug-d the
whole four years of the war,
taking" Christopher with him in
each camp movingf. And then
— just as it was all over and
peace was declared — he fell —
shot in the last skirmish. But
Christopher was broug^ht back
home — an enormous cat, wear
ing- a collar fairly covered with
buttons, badg"es, buckles, 'tag's
and other mememtos of thereg -
iments his purring- had cheered.

Isn't he a cat who deserves a
place in our country's history?
—The Morning Star.


In the issue of the Houston
Post dated June 29, 1913, was
published the report of Gen.
Robertson, who commanded the
Texas Brig"ade at the battle of

Gettsburgf, tog"ether with two
pictures of this g-allant officer —
one of the pictures was taken
during- the war, and the other a
short time before his death. We
wrote the Post for the loan ot
these cuts, and they kindly let
us have the one taken last,
which we present herewith. It
is quite a coincident that we
are also presenting- a picture of
a son of this grreat commander,
Gen. Felix H. Robertson, of
Crawford, who was also a par-
ticipant in the battle of Getts-
burg-, and now Commander of
the Texas Division United Con-
federate Veterans — our honor-
ed g-uests who will deliver the
address to the old soldiers on
this occasion.



Mayor Charles W. Breech of
Cleburne recently received a
letter from a woman in Dublin,
Ireland, asking- for information
reg-arding- the disposition of the
estate of General Patrick Cle-
burne, one of the heroes of the
civil war on the southern side,
and for whom the city of Cle-
burne and Pat Cleburne camp
No. 188, w^ere named.

As the local Confederate
camp No. 1337 was named in
honor of this noted general, we
thoug-ht that this inquiry would
interest some of the members
we are reproducing- the letter,
which is as follows:

"His lordship, the mayor of
the city of Cleburne, Texas, U.
S. A., the capital of Johnson
county, fifty-five miles south-
west of Dallas, sir: Pardon me

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in addressing" you, in fact the
subject is a strang"e one that I
presume to approach you with.
If you could forward me, Miss
Nanno Cleburne, a ooor Irish
woman, all information respect-
ing- Patrick Cleburne, who was
killed in the battle of Franklin,
Tenn., 1864.

"He was my father's only
brother, and joined the Ameri-
can army, and bravely fought in
it, and was killed. We lost
sight of him. I am a very poor
Irish woman and I want to
know if he left any property
after him, and how it was dis-
posed of. I would feel forever
g-rateiul for the slightest help
you could give me, for I am very
poor indeed.

"Respectfully awaiting your
kind consideration, I am yours,
"Nanno Cleburne.

"My address, Miss Nanno
Cleburne, care Miss Goonan, 12
A, Phibs Road, opposite St.
Peter's church, Dublin, Ireland."

Mayor Breech will make an
effort to secure the information
asked for from some of those
who personally knew General


Col. Grubb has shown the
editor the roster of Company
K, 8th Texas Cavalry (Terry's
Rangers), which was framed and
presented to him by his old
Comrade in Arms, D. Harris of
Whitney. The Colonel prizes
this memento very highly. Tne
roll is as follows:

John G Walker, captain

A W Morris, first lieutenant

Thomas Henry, second lieutenant

S P Christian, third lieutenant
A M Hattie, first sergeant

J D Alexander
LI Bowling
A L Baine
J L Bowers
T J Burroughs
A B Briscoe
Wm. Ballantine
P Ludgood
A Billingsly
Joe Collins
L 3 Crump
S T Conway
T Chatham
T C (jlay
Theo Cofield
N B Dillard
S M Dennis

J H Alexander
Q Bowling
J W Bowers
H J Barfield
k R Banneman
D K Browning
G P Burk
James Bates
L ('olemau
J A Collins
J T Coats
Wm- Cheney
W Chatftam
R N Condren
Jap, Cartright
R L Oanman
S Epperson

L H A EppersoQ J W S Emerson

F M Elam ^V H Elkins

Sam Everett J C Fowler

John Farmer John Foster

J W Forsgard VV M Grubb

T A Golder J A Glover

John Grissett J R Grant

Thos Haynes Daniel Hoffman

Hy Hunter John W Haskell

A L Hammond W H Harmon

H Heuinoff Thos Hoxie

(' Jankee Ben Johnson

JAP Jackson E G Jackson

J Cicero Jenkins J A Katchlen

M A Lee Thos C Lubbock

— Mc-Clellan Wm. Morse
M C Muckle P Milton

J Mitchell D Mitchell

J W Mathews J F Mathews

J W Martin W E Moore

Ed McKnight Ed Malone

A McMurry J McCormick

A Neils — McAvoy

Ira Proctor A W Proctor

J B Pinkston J S Paul

J D Parks J H Pinchbeck

R A Parks M T Parks

J W Rowt Wm. M Pitts

J N Rogers G R Rowt

S R Rowt H G Rice

W Robinson M A Royston

Tom Beverly S P Soser

W Soser ' R D Simonton

— Thaxton J H Thompson
C W Voght P M West

J H West P C Walker

J W Woods Tom Williams

W H Warren T T Wayne

Richard West Fred Weegan

Tom Walker Hays T Yarrington
Memoranda: John G Walker, elect-
ed lieutenant colonel; S P Christian,


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promoted capti in, major and lifutenant
colonel; A W Hattie, -romoted major
and quartermaster; A B Briscoe, elect-
ed lieutenant; T (J Clav, promoted to
Harrison's ordnance officer; J W f'os-
gard, promoted to ordnance depart-
ment; Daniel Hoffman, elected lieu-
tedant; Hy Hunter, elected lieutenant
and promoted captain; John W fias
keil, elected lieutenant; Th mas Hoxie,
promoted battalion major; Theo. C
Lubbock, promoted captain; J F
Mathews, elected lieutenant and pro-
moted captain; M A Boyston. promoted
regimental adjutant lieutenant colonel
and assistant adjutant general.

General Grant was a g-reat
man in war, but he was gfreater
in mag-nanimity. When he
told General Lee at Appomat-
tox that his soldiers should
take their horses home with
them to make their farm crops,
and in his defense of General
Lee when Andrew Johnson and
others would have prosecuted
him for the pare he had taken
in the confederacey, was far
greater than the taking* over of
a sword, because in this he won
the hearts and the affections of
the Southener. — San A^ntonio

Three flag-s were adopted by
the Confederate States. The
first, March 4, 1861, was that
called the Star and Bars, two
red stripes and one white, with
seven stars in a circle on a blue
union. The second, May 3.
1863, was a white flag: with red
union, on which w^as the blue
cross containing- a star for each
State. The third, March 4, 1865,

was similar to the second, ex-
cept for a broad red vertical
stripe at the outer edg"e. A
battle flag- was used by the
army, ocnsisting- of the union

Mrs. Oscar Stephenson of
near Hewitt has a valuable
relic of the civil war period in
the form of a copy of the Army
Arg-us and Crisis of Mobile,
Ala., bearing- date of December
24, 1864. It made a specialty
of war news, but also carried
such local and g-eneral news as
the facilities of those days per-
mitted the paper to g-ather.

Los Angeles July 5. — Daniel
Turner, a veteran of the civil
war, residing at Santa Monica,
who celebrated his 107th birth-
day today, thanks his judgment
in remaining single for his long
life and apparent good health.

J. B. Maytield in speaking of
the old war-times said that he
had a brother killed at Gaines
Mill, and that a brother-in-law
was killed in 1865 in Greenville
by orders of a negro sergeant —
was shot 17 times,

The first fight that M. H.
Jones' company had was in
1861 at Chastanola, I. T., in
which they had one man killed
— the first man who enlisted.




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t'oaamar.der Texas Division U. C V. who
will address the old soldiers July 39. 1913.
the first da.v of the Hico Annual Reunion.

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was born January 22, 1840, at
Cooksville, Miss; enlisted at
Spencer, Tenn., in Company I,
16tti Reg'iment Tennessee Vol
unteer; was sergeant; at the re-
orgfanization was elected cap-
tain of the same company; as
senior captain served as major
two years; commended the reg"
iment one year; took part in
the battle of Perry ville, Mur-
freesboro, Chicamaug-h, Atlan-
ta, with Hood in Tennessee,
captured near Nashville and
sent to Johnson Island, where
he remained until after the sur-

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