The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 162
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
My mother Eugenia Elizabeth Coffee of Jackson, Mississippi-in-
vited to visit her uncle, General Holland Coffee and his wife Sophia
-met Charles Ashton Galloway on a visit ... he and my mother
married after a short courtship. My mother was 14 and Mr. Gallo-
way was 28. They were the parents of three sons and one daughter
inside six years. Sons were: 1. George Washington Coffee Galloway
2. Charles Ashton Galloway 3. Alex David Galloway. Daughter was
Virginia Lee Galloway.5"
A final newspaper comment on the disastrous clash between
these frontier citizens throws no light on the cause.
Grayson District Court-Mr. Charles A. Galloway, who was charged
with the murder of Col. Coffee, has, we are informed been acquitted
by public sentiment. It seems there were several witnesses of the act,
and it was so clearly a case of self defense in the last extremity,
that the grand jury could find no bill.
We are told that Mr. Galloway is universally considered blameless
for his conduct throughout the difficulty, and in the final act which
terminated so fatally and unfortunately. We are gratified to, find that
the case bears this character.56
Thus it seems Coffee was the aggressor and justice was served
in the release of Galloway. But there was a note of sadness in the
report. Taken with the tribute paid Coffee in the obituary no-
tice, it seems that the writer's chief feeling was one of regret that
two good men had been caught up in a conflict that allowed no
55Letter from Mrs. E. E. McLemore, Dyass Collection (Tennessee State Archives,
"6Northern Standard (Clarksville), November 28, 1846.
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