The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 392
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
On April 7, 1863, W. R. Coffee found the diary on the battle-
field of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He continued the entries until
September 27, 1863.
A copy of the diary is being made by the University Archives
From El Paso, Rex W. Strickland writes:
Let me congratulate the Quarterly upon the publication of the
"Autobiography of Andrew Davis." I had known of the existence
of the manuscript for a number of years but had been unable to
get access to it. It seems to me that it needs editing, at least
to the extent of making clear references to obscure personalities
and places to which the pioneer preachers refer. Davis' memory
remained quite good until his death but events that occurred in
his early boyhood tended to become confused as he grew older.
For instance, his account of Sam Houston's staying at his father's
tavern at Jonesborough on his first trip to Texas. Houston did
stay at his father's tavern, but it was the home of his foster-
father, James Clark, and not that of his real father, Daniel Davis.
Again, in a later chapter, Davis will relate his participation
in Tarrant's campaign that resulted in the death of John Denton.
Imagine my surprise when I found the original muster roll of
the group but could not find thereon the name of Andrew Davis,
but what I did find was "Andrew Clark." The mystery was
cleared. Davis' father had been killed by the Indians in 1838
and he was reared by Aunt "Ibbie" Hopkins Clark-Gordon. The
clerk of the company knew him as "Clark," the protege of Mrs.
Clark, and did not know his real name. So with Houston: he
knew he stayed at the home of James Clark (who died himself
in 1838) and he assumed that Davis' name was really Clark, or,
really, he said that he stayed with Davis' foster-father, and
Andrew in his later years confused the relationship. Many other
similar interesting details in the manuscript need elucidation.
Ike Moore, Director, San Jacinto Museum of History, says of
the work: "We are continuing to grow, both in public interest
and in donations of material. We have had over 225,000 visitors
in the less-than-nine months since we opened."
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