The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 57
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H. P. Bee.
brigadier general in the Confederate States army and assigned to
the command of the Western District of Texas, stationed -at Browns-
ville. He was desirous of finding a place in the main theater of the
war, but in vain, since by reason of his acquaintance with the fron-
tier and with the people of Mexico, his services were considered
indispensable to the Confederate cause in that quarter.
He remained in command at Brownsville until the arrival of
Banks' army at the mouth of the Rio Grande, when with t'he one
company which had been left with him--the others having been'
ordered to the more eastern seat of war-he retired to the inte-
rior, taking with him 'a large amount 'of government supplies, etc.
Upon reporting to General Magruder he was assigned to the com-
mand of a brigade consisting of the regiments of Likens, Terrell,
De Bray, Wo-ods, and Buchel, and marched to Louisiana, where he
participated in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant 'Hill. He led the
cavalry charge 'at the battle of Pleasant Hill, one of the most bril-
liant on record, in which the gallant Col. ,A. Buchel lost his life.
After the Red River campaign, General Bee returned to Texas
and continued with the army as a cavalry commander until the
close of the war.
On the fall of the Confederacy, General Bee sought in Mexico to
retrieve his lost fortunes, but after spending some years in that
country, he returned to Texas and was appointed to a responsible
position at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.
After the expiration of his term he moved to San Antonio in 1879,
where he continued to reside until his death, with the exception
of two years spent at Austin as Commissioner -of Insurance, Statis-
tics and History, under the administration of the lamented Gov-
ernor John Ireland.
General Bee was married in 1854 to 'Miss Mary Mildred Tarver,
who survives him. Of their large family six are .yet alive. He was a
splendid type of the old school of Southern gentlemen-honorable,
high-toned, brave and chivalrous. He passed his long life with the
people of Texas, being the contemporary and associate of Lamar,
Henderson, Ford, Burleson, Maverick, and a host of others whose
names have become historic. He was 'earnestly interested in the
history of Texas and its perpetuation, and died as he had lived,
universally beloved and admired for his sterling qualities of mind
and heart. Peace to his ashes. .
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