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into the Washoe Mountain area of Nevada where he divided his
energies between arguing mining cases and advancing secessionist
When war came, Terry after the early death of brothers Frank
and Clint, left the West to join the Confederacy. He returned
to Texas via Mexico, then traveled on to Richmond where he
was given a colonel's commission and authority to raise a regi-
ment of Texans. On his way home, he stopped off at Chickamauga
to fight in that battle with Terry's Rangers. The remainder of
his military career was spent in Texas where he occupied himself
in plotting an invasion of the West while watching the disinte-
gration of the Confederacy. As his country collapsed, Terry joined
the tide of Confederate immigrants flowing into Mexico, but for
him, as for so many others, the adventure proved short-lived.
By 1868 his life as a cotton planter in Jalisco had terminated, for
in that year he reappeared in California where he busily dedi-
cated himself to the task of rebuilding both his fortune and
The seventies were the good years for Terry. Not only did his
practice revive and flourish; he also was selected as a delegate to
the Constitutional Convention of 1878 where his service did
much to remove some of the earlier stains from his record. The
seventies, however, were merely a peaceful interlude in an other-
wise turbulent life for the end of the Terry story is one that not
even William Faulkner, that chronicler par excellence of human
passion and violence, could have improved upon. After the death
of his first wife, Terry married the notorious Sarah Althea Hill,
a lady of at least questionable virtue whose tangled legal affairs
had only recently been defended by Terry in a sensational case.
As the result of a courtroom brawl in which the ubiquitous bowie
knife again made its appearance, Justice Stephen J. Field jailed
both Terrys. A miscarriage, which Terry felt resulted from the
manhandling of his wife in this affair, so enraged hin that when
he next met Field he attacked the judge savagely, whereupon
the judge's dinner partner shot Terry to death.
Scarcely had he been decently buried before a scandalous legal
battle erupted between Sarah and his children over the remains
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959, periodical, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/m1/339/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.