The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985 Page: 166
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of his local law practice had been absorbed by other attorneys.
Throughout the rest of his life he felt like a hunted man. Chilton be-
came an alcoholic and went on periodic binges, followed by short ap-
parent recoveries. On April 11, 1875, A. J. Hamilton, his old nemesis,
died, and two months and two days later the long-standing charges
against Chilton and the others were dropped by the Cameron County
district attorney. The former secessionist and soldier led a troubled
life in Tyler until his death in 1885.84 In the end, A. J. Hamilton's
sought-after retribution, although not obtained in the courtroom, had
surely been achieved in the case of at least one of the men who had
crossed the Rio Grande and entangled himself in a situation so com-
plex that he was never able to extricate himself from it completely.
quoted in Dallas Herald, Sept. 5, 1874 (2nd quotation).
B4Speer, Encyclopedia of the New West, 561; Chilton, "Notebook-Diaries of Horace
Chilton," V, pt. 3, P. 538, pt. 2, p. 375; Waller, Colossal Hamtlton of Texas, 141; Pinker-
ton to V. B., Feb. i3, 1979; Albert Woldert, A History of Tyler and Smith County,
Texas (San Antonio, 1948), 68.
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