The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 64
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shone upon, and if we fail we shall have the satisfaction of dying
fighting for the rights of man. I know not that I shall have an
opportunity of writing to you for some time, but shall do so as
often as is convenient. Be not alarmed about my safety. I am
no better, and my life no dearer than those who gained the liberty
you enjoy. If I fail you will have the satisfaction that your son
died fighting for the rights of man. Our strength in the field is
about 1500. The enemy is reported 4000 strong; a fearful odds
you will say; but what can mercenary hirelings do against the
sons of liberty?
Before this reaches you the fate of Texas will be known. I
will endeavor to acquaint you as soon as possible. I am well and
in good spirits and as unconcerned as if going to a raising. The
same Being who has hitherto protected my life can with equal ease
ward off the balls of the enemy. My company is waiting, and I
must draw to a close, and bid you farewell, perhaps forever. More
than a year has elapsed since I saw you, yet, the thought of friends
and home are fresh in my memory, and their remembrance yet
lives in my affections and will light a secret joy to my heart till
it shall cease to beat. Long has it been since I have heard from
you. How often do I think of home and wish to be there. The
thought of that sacred spot haunts my night-watches. How, often
when sleep has taken possession of my faculties, am I transported
there, and for a short time enjoy all the pleasures of home; but
the delusion is soon over, and the morning returns and I find my
situation the same. Dear friends, if I see you no more, remember
Giles still loves you. Give my love to my sisters, brothers,
friends and neighbors. I would write more if time would permit,
but its fleeing steps wait for none. You need not write to me as
I do not know where I shall be. With sentiments of sincere re-
spect I bid you farewell. Your Affectionate son,
G. A. GIDDINGS.
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