The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 134
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
This does illustrate and indicate, as Professor Ellis so aptly
suggests, some of the difficulties of presenting the Texas scene or
American history to the European mind.
The American Studies Association, a newly-formed national
society for the study of American civilization, has announced
through its president, Professor Carl Bode of the University of
Maryland, the establishment of a Texas regional society headed
by Robert Trent, director of libraries, Southern Methodist Uni-
versity, Dallas. The American Studies Association hopes to estab-
lish communication across established disciplines about the vari-
ous aspects of America. Those interested in participating should
communicate with Mr. Trent.
C. Stewart Peterson, Box 611, Baltimore, Maryland, has sent
to the Association a mimeographed pamphlet which is entitled
Last Civil War Veteran in Each State. In part the information
concerning Texas is as follows:
From Texas 1,965 white troops joined the Northern Army in 1861-
65 and 141 died in the Civil War. Confederate Texas' military pop-
ulation in 1861 equalled 92,145 men and 3,849 died of all causes for
the Confederacy in the War of the Secession. Burials before 1908 in
the two Texas National Cemeteries totalled: Brownsville, 2,822; San
During 1950 there were more living veterans of the Civil War in
Texas than in any other state, totalling five in all. They were all
Confederate veterans, namely: Jeremiah O'Brien, 105 years, Buna,
Texas; J. H. Whitsett, lo2 years, Bonham, Texas; Thomas E. Riddle,
104 years, Austin, Texas; Walter W. Williams, lo8 years, Franklin,
Texas; and Samuel M. Raney, 103 years, Mount Vernon, Texas.
Colonel Walter W. Williams is the oldest of them as is noted. He
celebrated his lo8th birthday on November 14th, 1950. In July 1950
Governor Allan Shivers made him an honorary Colonel. The Frank-
lin Texan on November 23, 1950 stated: "Colonel Williams has over
a hundred descendants in five generations. He was born in Mississippi
and came to Texas in 187o. He has been living in the neighborhood
of Franklin for more than 60 years. Most of these years were spent,
farming and raising cattle and he still lives on his farm and directs
the work on the place." He was reported as being one of three sur-
viving Civil War Veterans in Texas on his last birthday.
Jos6 T. Canales spoke before the Rio Grande Valley Historical
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/154/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.