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1858 and established a plantation named "Glenblythe," 7.5 miles north-
west of Brenham. Here only a few miles west of old Independence and
historic Washington-on-the-Brazos, Thomas Affleck planted cotton and
conducted extensive experiments in the growing of fruit orchards.3 In
1859-186o, Dunnie, the oldest son, attended the Bastrop Military Insti-
tute, where he was a classmate of Sam Houston, Jr., and Joe Sayers, a
future governor of the state.4
With the coming of the Civil War in the spring of 1861, Dunnie,
then only sixteen, joined a home guard organization near Brenham
known as "Labadie's Rifles." The desire to see the war at first hand
was strong, however, and in the spring of 1862 he joined Company B
of Terry's Texas Rangers. For the next three years Dunnie served with
the Confederate cavalry in the West. During this period he took part
in Braxton Bragg's invasion of Kentucky, the battles at Perryville and
Murfreesboro, and efforts to drive Union forces from Louisiana and
Affleck's Civil War letters, written from the field, give an insight not
only into his own character, but also into Civil War soldiering as viewed
by a young man who was not raised to be a soldier. His letters portray
companionship, boredom, jokes, and pranks, and contain the ever-
present rumors, complaints about bad food, and contempt for officers
that have always been a part of military life. Dunnie's letters to his
family back home in Central Texas give an often humorous, and occa-
sionally sad, picture of the son of a Texas planter attempting to adjust
to the war. They demonstrate that Dunnie, like many Civil War sol-
diers, was more concerned with matters of personal comfort than with
the enemy. He was constantly requesting that his father supply him
ary to the Planter, the Farmer, and the Gardener," Agriculture History, XXXI (July,
1957), 40-48; Williams, "The Mississippi Career of Thomas Affleck" (Ph.D. dissertation,
Tulane University, 1955); and Fred C. Cole, "The Early Life of Thomas Affleck" (M.A.
thesis, Louisiana State University, 1936).
3While Afleck did plant cotton, he devoted more attention to other agricultural com-
modities than did most southern planters, and urged his fellow southerners to diversify
their agricultural objectives. Affleck's activities in Texas are described in Fred C. Cole,
"The Texas Career of Thomas Affleck" (Ph.D. dissertation, Louisiana State University,
4Bastrop Military Institute was founded by Colonel R. T. P. Allen. It was incorporated
in 1858 under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The school closed at the
end of the spring semester, 1861, because so many of the young men were enrolling in the
Confederate army. It did not reopen until September, 1867. Walter Prescott Webb, H.
Bailey Carroll, and Eldon S. Branda (eds.), The Handbook of Texas (3 vols., Austin, 1952,
1976), I, 121; and William Franklin Ledlow, "History of Protestant Education: A Study
of the Origin, Growth, and Development of Educational Endeavors in Texas" (Ph.D. dis-
sertation, University of Texas, 1926), 156.
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