The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 167
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Miles Squier Bennet.
against him. Subsequently he participated in the campaign which
at the battle of Salado succeeded in repulsing and driving out the
Mexican General Woll after his daring capture of San Antonio in
In 1841 Miles S. Bennet settled in De Witt county, making his
home on the headright given him by his father, a place long known
as the Valentmirk home, so-called in honor of his father's name,
Valentine. In 1843 he married Miss Bathsheba Gibson, a lady no
less noted for her heroic conduct in times of danger than for her
Christian virtues in the quiet circle of her home life. In 'their
pleasant country home they lived together fifty-eight years. Mrs,
Bennet was called to the higher life in June, 1901. Their eight
children survive them. They are: Sam D., Robert M., Valentine,
Dudley M., Marie B., wife of Dr. Max Urwitz, of Houston, Mrs.
J. R. Wofford of Cuero, Mrs. T. M. Walker, of Gonzales county,
and Miss Annie Bennet, who is unmarried and always made her
home with her parents.
At the breaking out of the war between the States, Miles S. Ben-
net enlisted in Captain Cook's regiment, and was at the capture
of Galveston, January 1, 1863.
Throughout a long life of more than sixty-five years in Texas he
was ardently interested in his country's welfare. As a member of
the Presbyterian church he attended the first meeting of the Texas
Presbytery in 1851, at Victoria, and attended nearly every meeting
held since; he was present at the semi-centennial at Victoria in
1901. As a member of the Texas Veteran Association since its
organization, a meeting seldom or never occurred without the pres-
ence of himself and wife, and one of the chief delights of his
declining years was this yearly reunion with old companions and
friends. Gifted with fine mental faculties and unfading memory,
the leisure moments of his later years were sometimes employed in
writing of events in Texas' history. One of these articles, pub-
lished in the QUARTERLY of the Texas State Historical Association
at Austin in April, 1899, gives a very clear and interesting account
of the battle of Gonzales, the Lexington of the Texas revolution.
It is signed, Miles S. Bennet, captain Company E, ex-ranger bat-
talion. This signature is a significant indication of the social qual-
ities of his nature, a desire to be associated with those companions
who had mutually shared life's dangers and hardships. Among
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