The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 3
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Captain Thomas William Blount and His Memoirs
entirely of former officers of the Confederate Army. After one
term he returned to private life on his farm.
His plantation was on the King's Highway about four miles
west of San Augustine. There he enjoyed extending hospitality
to his friends. On one memorable occasion Dabney White stopped
there for the night, and the two men so enjoyed each other's com-
pany, conversation, and philosophy that Mr. White remained as
Captain Blount's guest for some six months.
I knew Captain Blount during the last twelve years of his life,
and always thoroughly enjoyed his conversation. One summer
day in 1929 he called on me, and told me that he wanted me to
type his experiences as he related them to me because his hands
had become so crippled with arthritis that it was difficult for him
to write easily or legibly. He wished to preserve for his family,
and especially for his grandson, Franklyn Blount, an account of
his life. So for a short time each day for several days that summer
he recounted to me his memoirs while I typed them in his own
words and phrasing as nearly as I was able. Sometimes I became
so interested in what he was saying that I forgot to keep up with
him, and had to ask him to repeat the anecdote in order to write
SOME OF MY EXPERIENCES IN THE CIVIL WAR
As RELATED BY CAPT. T. W. BLOUNT, SEPTEMBER 3-5, 1929
I was born at Shelby Springs, Alabama, October 27th, 1839.
My parents brought me to Texas when I was a few weeks old, and
I was brought up in San Augustine. I went to the high school
until I was fourteen years old, and then to Kentucky Military Insti-
tute where I was graduated in my eighteenth year. On my return
home my ideas and activities were similar to those of other youths
whose fathers were comfortably-fixed farmers. I spent much time
hunting and fishing. At the age of nineteen I took a course in
literature. In my twentieth year I read law. The State seceded
then," and I went to the temporary capital of Montgomery, Ala-
bama, in March, 1861, and spent three weeks at the Exchange
Hotel where I became acquainted with a great number of the
notable men of the South who had gathered them-some as repre-
1Texas seceded in February, 1861.
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