The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 376
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Creek; there with my babies and a few faithful slaves, I re-
mained until the Civil War was nearly over. After the death
of my father, I returned to the old homestead, where nearly
all of my life was spent.
While the war was going on, the turmoil and fighting was
far away, but still it brought many privations and many heart-
aches to the women of Milam County who suffered perhaps
more than the men on the firing line. Early in 1861 Sam Hous-
ton; was removed from his office as governor of Texas because
he was a Union man. There was great excitement in our county.
There were many Union men in Milam, but none of them ran
away north. They stood by their state and most of them made
gallant soldiers for the Southern cause. Early in 1861, Major
J. C. Rogers organized a company, and, with aching hearts, we
saw the eager rush to enlist of husbands, brothers and sons;
with womanly fortitude, we worked to hasten their departure,
and it was not long until only the old men, women, and children
and the slaves were left at home. For four long years we waited
and watched and prayed. Letters from the east of the Missis-
sippi, where most of the fighting occurred, were very rare, and
when we heard of some great battle it might be months before
we could learn whether any one from Milam had met a soldier's
death. I shall ever feel grateful to the faithful slaves who re-
mained with me while my husband was absent. My neighbors
were few. One of them, a Mrs. Westbrook, had a loom. I raised
a little cotton which we carded and spun by hand and carried
the yarn to Mrs. Westbrook who converted it into cloth. Thus
we provided clothes for the family, and sometimes a surplus to
be sent to the army. We always had plenty to eat, as both corn
and wheat were raised and thousands of cattle roamed over
the county and we had plenty of hogs in the post oaks. Of the
pomp and glory supposed to accompany war, we saw nothing.
We saw Major Rogers' company march away, but they had no
uniforms and few arms. Most of the men went quietly forth
singly or in small squads; so their going was known to but the
few most deeply concerned. Of the Yankee soldiers, we saw
none until after the close of the war when a few companies,
under command of a Major Beckwith, were stationed for a short
time in Cameron. At first we were greatly alarmed at their
coming, but we soon found our fears were groundless, as the
soldiers kept perfect peace in the county and treated every one
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