Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging
down-Easter, moved his family to Gainesville. His family con-
sisted of Mrs Hawley and her daughter. These ladies were received
in Society, and attracted no small degree of attention. They were
evidently accomplished. Doubtless they were handsome, for both
herself and daughter were distinguished by the enviable sobriquet,
'the beautiful Mrs Hawley and her pretty daughter.'
Soon after the breaking out of the war, Mr. Hawley fled the
Country, going, no doubt, to his native home in the North. The
lovely Mrs Hawley was left with no consolation but her wit, and
no dowry but her beauty.
It was afterwards ascertained that she was left as a spy, and at
the proper time she was to go to Missouri and, perhaps rejoin her
husband. In the month of July 1862, (the pretty Miss Hawley,
having united her destiny with a Mr Johnson in the holy bonds
of wedlock,) Cottrell, Mrs Hawley, Johnson and his adored
Armarylis set out for Missouri.
The citizens, thinking it improper to give them a passport at
that particular time, arrested their movements and lodged Cot-
trell and Johnson in prison.
Thus was spent the first night after marriage-the bridegroom
in prison and the bride (only such, by virtue of the ceremony)
weeping and blushing and wasting much sweetness on the
Again, just before the arrest of the prisoners on the Ist of Oct.,
Mrs Hawley attempted to escape north, taking the said Cottrell
for her guide and help. This time she started east, sending out
the information that she was going to Shreveport, La. How far she
succeeded is partly explained by the following statement, of Mr
Gilmore, of Gainesville:
I called on an old friend of mine recently in Grayson County, six-
teen miles east of Sherman. While there I was asked by the lady if I
knew Dr. Cottrell of Gainesville. I told her that I knew a Mr. Cottrell,
who was before the Provost Marshal when I saw him last. She then
asked me if I knew Mrs. Cottrell, the widow of Mr Hawley, late of
Gainesville. I told her that I knew Mrs. Hawley, but that she was not
a widow, her husband having left our town on account of his Northern
sentiments; and that Mrs. Hawley and Mr. Cottrell had gone to
She then told me that not long since Cottrell called at her house and
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed August 29, 2014.