16 TRUE' STORIES OF OLD
his gray war horse and Jim to Texas. How he managed to do
it is a mystery, but he did it and late in 1865 he arrived in
Houston with both animals. He presented James Longstreet
to Dick Fuller, whose brother, B. P. Fuller, had been captain
of Company A in the Fifth Texas Regiment.
From the moment Jim became Dick's property his comfort
and ease were assured and he led a life that suited him down
to his toes. He was the personal pet of every boy in town and
from the dignified air he assumed I am confident he felt his
importance and knew how great a mule he was. He had sense
just like folk and had the most cunning ways about him. There
was absolutely nothing vicious about him.
James Longstreet, like many men who did no actual fighting
during the war, never was convinced that the war was over.
For him the war went on for many years after Appomattox.
This was shown in a decided way. James continued his foraging
expeditions to the day of his death. He would wander
away and go clear out on the prairie, though he never crossed
the bayou and went into the woods. No matter how far away
he was or what he was doing, if a thunder storm came up he
would duck his head and break for home at the first thunder
clap. He was certain that a fight was about to begin and he
hunted for safety at the discharge of what he thought was the
opening gun of the engagement. When at home a thunder
storm had no effect on him and he paid no attention to the
most terrible crashes, but away from home he was keenly on
James Longstreet died in 1869, full of years and honors. He
was given a decent burial, as was befitting his station in life,
and the Houston Telegraph published a column obituary of him,
reciting his many virtues. His record was remarkable and his
life he made an easy one. He was the pet of the soldiers of
Hood's Brigade four years and the pet of the boys of Houston
during the remaining years of his life, after the war was over.
He lived at peace with himself and the whole world and died
lamented by all who knew him.
BIG GULLIES IN HOUSTON.
BOUT the first thing that the Houston and Texas Central
Railroad had to do when that road was begun, was to
build a long trestlework over an immense gully that
lay between the present Grand Central Depot and the old city
graveyard. That gully began about on Houston Avenue and
ran parallel with the track for a block or two and then turned
to the northeast and extended to White Oak Bayou. It has
Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young.. Galveston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/. Accessed March 15, 2014.