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BENJAMIN RUSH MILAM*
Comparatively little is known of the early life of Benjamin Rush
Milam. He spent his youth beyond the regions of continuous set-
tlement, in a country which was isolated because of the mountains
which separated his countrymen from the civilized world along
the Atlantic coast. He grew up at a. time when the American
people were beginning to advance rapidly westward, and, as the
son of a frontiersman, he probably was aware that the settlers on
the outskirts of civilization "had to take up the task of bearing the
brunt of attacks, and of pushing forward the line of advance, which,
year after year, was to carry American settlements into the wilder-
ness."1 Thus growing up as Milam did, in the atmosphere and
under the influence of this western movement of civilization, he no
doubt heard stories about the far distant lands beyond the Missis-
sippi which colored his imagination and stimulated his desire for
adventure, and first, last, and always "Ben" Milam was an adven-
Because of the fragmentary nature of the material I have found
available, my sole purpose has been to weave a narrative of Colonel
Benjamin Rush Milam's life, as continuous as possible.
*A paper presented in the Graduate School of The University of Texas
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
'Turner, F. J., Th7 Frontier in American History, 2.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117143/. Accessed February 9, 2016.