The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 52
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
tion of land and a liberal pension--this, too, without solicitation on
Brown in his History of Texas says that Governor Bell "was a
man of splendid physique.......... combined with true courage,"
and that he "was distinguished by kind and genial characteristics."
This was true of him, and it is just what makes soldiers love and
follow their leaders. His rangers and soldiers in both wars idol-
ized him and would follow him anywhere. His picture on page 34
of Daniell's Personnel of the Texas State Government is a good
likeness. He was tall and well made, and had pleasant manners,
a musical voice, a kind and gentle disposition, and was in every
way a true gentleman.
In 1874 those comrades and soldiers of his who were still living
made him a honorary member of their association. The writer has
before him the original copy of the minutes of the association sent
to Governor Bell, which reads as follows:
"Association of Soldiers of the Mexican War of the State of Texas.
Austin, April, 1874.
At a meeting of the association held at Austin on the 25th. day
of April, 1874, the following motion was unanimously adopted:
"Upon motion of Gen. Win. Steele, the following gentlemen
were elected honorary members of the association, viz., Col. John
C. Hays and Gov. P. Hansborough Bell.
"Attest: E. W. SHANDS,
As stated before, Governor Bell died at his home at Littleton,
N. C., March 16, 1898.
Governor Bell was a brave man, a good man, a great man. When
the struggling Texans sounded the bugle note and call of drum to
arms he left his home and native State and fought with them for
liberty. There are some yet living who marched with him under
the Lone Star flag. With them he kept time to the wild music
through the piney woods and prairies of this then vast wilderness
to the field of glory, to die, if necessary, for freedom and for right.
There may be those who stood guard with him in the rain and
storm and under the silent stars. There are some, perhaps, who
can remember the weary marches and the furrows and ravines run-
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