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passing upon them, must suggest that the evidence induced in the
belief that they were intelligent, patriotic, and as good looking as
any assemblage on a like occasion, that I have witnessed.32
Charles C. Nott of the 176th New York Volunteers, who was a
prisoner at Camp Ford at Tyler during the war, classed the Texans
in general as a "simple, half-educated people" but admitted his
confusion about so-called wild Texans because his guards "did not
drink; they did not swear; they did not gamble. They were watch-
ful of us, but did everything kindly and with a willingness that
greatly lessened our feeling of dependence.""" A. H. J. Duganne,
another prisoner, was interested in the non-slaveholding laboring
Southerners who became the bulk of the rebel armies. He asked
one such lad why he did not make his way to the Union lines.
The boy answered that he never had a chance to get near the
Feds for "They were always running away from us Texas boys."
Duganne had to admit that it was no marvel that "those rough-
natured, courageous men ... should become vain and self-glori-
ous concerning their invincibility."34
Charles Anderson, resident of San Antonio in 186o, described
the Knights of the Golden Circle as "mostly mere villainous des-
peradoes," chiefly responsible for disunion and next to them in
responsibility he blamed the Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
which he described as being composed of the only "numerous,
honest influential class of men in Texas, which did favor seces-
sion."" R. W. Johnson of the United States Army drew a contrast
between the lawlessness he observed on the Texas frontier and the
people of the settled portion of the state where they were "edu-
cated, refined, and law abiding." Johnson was impressed by the
fact that "every Northern officer married to a Southern wife joined
in the rebellion against the United States, and every Southern
officer whose wife was from the North remained loyal to the gov-
asJohn C. Reid, Reid's Tramp, or a Journal of the Incidents of Ten Months
Travel through Texas, Arizona and California (Selma, Alabama, 1858), 81.
38Charles C. Nott, Sketches in Prison Camps: a Continuation of Sketches of the
War (New York, 1865), 193.
34A. H. J. Duganne, Camp and Prisons: Twenty Months in the Department of the
Gulf (New York, 1865), 305-307.
s3Anderson, Texas, Before and on the Eve of the Rebellion, 2o-2x.
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