The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 160
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
tonio where he established a prosperous and thriving law firm
which was continued by his son and grandson. All were staunch
and active Republicans.
Judge John D. McAdoo was born in Tennessee and came to
Texas in 1854. He served with the Confederate forces and after
the war served on both the district and the Supreme Court
benches. Judge Roberts speaks of him as being the author of the
Semicolon opinion.48 Judge McAdoo wrote a short opinion over-
ruling a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the suit was ficti-
tious and this may have been the feature of the case most abhor-
rent to Roberts. After leaving the bench, Judge McAdoo lived at
Marshall, Texas, and served as postmaster for that city from 1876
to 1878. His mother was a member of the Gibbs family of Ten-
nessee and William Gibbs McAdoo, secretary of the treasury
under Woodrow Wilson, was said to be a relative of his.
The most intriguing of the judges who sat on the Semicolon
Court was Colonel Moses B. Walker, the writer of the principal
opinion in the Semicolon case. With the exception of a congress-
man, he was the only man to hold a high responsible governmen-
tal position in Texas during the Reconstruction period who
could possibly be classified as a carpetbagger in the technical
sense. And yet, he seems to have been more of a commuter from
Ohio than a carpetbagger who intended to reside in Texas. He
was a remarkable person. Colonel Walker was born in Fairfield
County, Ohio, on July 16, 1819, and was a descendant of John
Walker who came to America with Lord Baltimore. His grand-
father was a member of the American Revolutionary Army who
lost his life in the battle of Eutaw Springs. Colonel Walker him-
self seems to have been a distinguished soldier and a major Ohio
war hero. He commanded the 31st Ohio Infantry Regiment and
fought at the battles of Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Hoover's
Gap, Chickamauga, Rock Face Ridge, Resaca, Dalton, Big
Shanty, Lookout Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochie
River, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, and Nashville. Near
the end of the war, he received a commission as brigadier gen-
eral of volunteers, by brevet for gallantry in the field. He seems
to have particularly distinguished himself at Chickamauga where
he was severely wounded.
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959, periodical, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/m1/202/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.