The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 311
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Reminiscences of Jno. Duff Brown.
vacillating management of our commanders. It may sound like
boasting, but I do not so view it when I say that 1 saw clearly
the trend of events, and it was most disheartening. The subse-
quent history of affairs proved fully that my views were correct.
I bought a light buggy and returned to my wife and children
in Texas, only to find her in an advanced stage of consumption,
which unfortunately we did not then know how to treat as well
as we know now. She lingered on till two weeks after the war,
when she passed to her reward.
The war left the country in apparent ruins. The negroes were
freed, the fences rotted, our houses were leaking, our stock of all
kinds scattered, and society was disorganized. I was owing nearly
five thousand dollars of debts contracted before the war. I sold
all my stock and one tract of land and was thus enabled to pay
all but six hundred dollars of my indebtedness. Finally, by hard
work and rigid economy, I paid every dollar, thus saving my good
name, and adding greatly to my own happiness.
SLooking back over my life, I feel that I have much to thank
God for. Now in my eighty-fourth year (1907) I await almost
impatiently at times the summons of the Master.
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