The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 15, July 1911 - April, 1912 Page: 163
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nessee. For many years Colonel Neill's home was the second
largest in the State. In the last year of the Civil War, Hal H.
Neill, then 16 years old, joined the Confederate Army. Although
his father was colonel of the Thirteenth Mississippi, he became one
of Captain Ike S. Harvey's scouts, and saw service in Tennessee,
Alabama and Mississippi under Generals Forrest and Hood. After
the war, with a number of comrades, he entered the University of
Mississippi. At Oxford, L. Q. C. Lamar was one of his professors.
He was graduated in 1870 and studied law under Senator Walthal
and Senator J. Z. George, names that are reverenced in Mississippi.
In 1872 he moved to Stephenville, Erath bounty, Texas, and
formed a law partnership with T. L. Nugent. When the firm was
dissolved he formed a connection with Lee Young, of Stephen-
ville. In 1877 he was married to Dora Fagan, of Stephenville,
who survives him. There were five children, two of whom are
living-Robert T. Neill and Mrs. Dora Raymond, of Raymond-
ville, Texas. He moved to El Paso in 1882, where he made his
home until Governor Hogg appointed him to the bench, when he
made San Antonio his home.-From The San Antonia Express,
September 2, 1911.
ALPTONso STEELE, the last survivor of the battle of San
Jacinto, died, aged 94 years, at the home of his grandson, Alvin
'Steele, one mile north of Kosse, some time during the night of
July 7/8, 1911. His remains were buried at Mexia.
Alphonso Steele was born in Hardin county, Kentucky, April
9, 1817, and he lived there until he was seventeen years old. In
September, 1834, he went down the Mississippi River by boat to
Lake Providence, Louisiana, where he remained until November.
1835, when he joined a company of volunteers led by Captain
Daggett and marched to Washington, Texas. The company dis-
banded at Washington and some of the men returned home, but
Steele remained in Texas, and in March, 1836, joined General
Houston's army on the retreat from Gonzales. He was a member
of Captain James Gillespie's company, in Colonel Sherman's regi-
ment. Early in the battle of San Jacinto he was severely wounded,
but this did not prevent him from seeing most of the battle, an
account of which, obtained from him, is published in the Houshon
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