The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 66
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66 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
torical interest and partly to show that he was accurate. A lapse
of memory, here and there, is all I can detect with careful search-
These discrepancies are not worth mentioning, for they do not
affect, in the least, his main aim to present a truthful living picture
of those events from his point of view. Some day this will be a
Texas classic, and it will be a joy of every Texas boy's heart to pos-
sess a copy. A map also accompanies this paper, on which I have
traced in red the line of his retreat from Goliad to the Brazos river:
on it, besides, I have indicated the battlefields of the Revolution and
the chief places of interest, notably the various settlements which
became in turn the capital of the young and struggling Republic.
Besides "Early Times in Texas," Mr. Duval wrote "The Young
Explorers; or, a Continuation of the Adventures of Jack Dobell;"
a characteristic volume, "The Adventures of Big Foot Wallace,"
and many other fugitive papers contributed to local magazines and
to the press.
Duval and Wallace were life-long friends. Both of them had
had brothers killed in that fearful Goliad slaughter, and they were
for a long time comrades.
John Duval was of medium build, erect and active to old age.
At rest his face wore a look of calm and native dignity. A fine,
knightly face, with a regular grey beard and determined mouth.
He had a high, broad forehead and intelligent blue eyes. The ex-
treme modesty and diffidence he exhibited would have been an af-
fectation in most men; with him it was one of the charms of his
character, for with all of it there was an undefined force that gave
assurance that his quiescent nature, like that of a lion, could, upon
occasion, be aroused to a wonderful self-possession and alertness in
the presence of danger.
Such, then, in short, was the man whom fate had decreed should
outlive all his fellow-actors in that sad drama of La Bahia. Well,
he was a noble representative of brave comrades. It was a solemn
office he filled for a short space of time, the sole and worthy in-
cumbent-an ambassador from the past to an all too heedless new
generation. Who shall declare that his election to that office was
not made sure by the silent ballot of a dead constituency? I can
fancy him true to himself, true to a life-long habit, deprecating
even that as too much honor. I can picture him an old soldier
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898, periodical, 1897/1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101009/m1/79/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.