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Diary of H. C. Medford, Confederate Soldier, 1864 107
father to Texas, spending part of the time in Angelina County.
He was educated at Larissa College, Cherokee County, "one of the
best equipped schools in all Texas."' His diploma from Larissa,
in Spanish, is dated March 2, 1859, and signed by F. L. Yoakum."
He also acted as tutor while at Larissa, and probably made many
acquaintances in Cherokee, Smith, and Van Zandt Counties that
led him to teach school in Canton, Van Zandt County, from about
1860 to 1862. He served as a Confederate soldier, first as lieu-
tenant in the Eleventh Texas Infantry, and later as private in
Immediately after the Civil War, H. C. Medford visited his
friends in Canton, Texas, at which time it would appear that the
two volumes of the Diary edited here must have come into the
possession of the Rhome family. He probably went to Tupelo
soon thereafter,5 and was admitted to the bar. He practiced law
in Tupelo the rest of his life, serving as mayor and as the repre-
sentative of Lee County to the State Legislature for two terms.
He was also a good linguist, and a geologist." He married after
his removal to Tupelo, and reared a family.7 He died there Oc-
tober 17, 1902.
Diary No 46
By HI. C. Medford, a citizen of Canton, Van Zandt County,
of Tupelo, Miss., ca October, 1902, lent the editors by H. C. Medford's
foster-daughter, Mrs. L. W. Robinson, of Birmingham, Ala., who says,
"in the main, it is correct."
'Frederick Eby, Development of Education in Texas, 138: "With her
splendid telescopes, botanical and geological laboratories, Larissa offered
the strongest science work of all Texas schools before the war. It did
its best work from 1855 to the outbreak of the war under the leadership
of the Reverend F. L. Yoakum."
4Mrs. L. W. Robinson to Rebecca W. Smith, May 23, 1930.
"A photograph of Medford, owned by Mrs. H. Witcher, of Fort Worth,
taken about 1865, bears the imprint of Y. Day, Photographer, Memphis,
'In his Memorial, Captain Kincannon says: "After the defeat of
Spaniards in Cuba he drafted a Constitution for the Republic in Cuba
in the Spanish language, which he published and which received high
encomiums from competent judges in position to know the wants of the
Cubans. . . . In addition to his ripe learning and wide reading he
was a geologist of considerable reputation and was a frequent contributor
to the collection of the Smithsonian Institute."
'Captain Kincannon in 1902 named: Mrs. O. B. Sparks, of Knoxville,
Tenn., and Miss Aurora, of Tupelo, Miss., as his daughters; and Misses
Georgia and Laura Wetherell and Mr. Memory Leake as his foster-
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