The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 27
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Two Texas Patriots
were captains in Stonewall Jackson's regiment, which had been
recruited in the Valley of Virginia. They were with him in the
celebrated campaigns in the valley, during which Jackson had
his headquarters at the home of my mother's father, just out-
side Port Republic at the headwaters of the Shenandoah River.
It was while Jackson and his troops were in the region of Port
Republic that three Union armies coming from different direc-
tions converged upon Jackson in the hope of defeating and cap-
turing him. Instead, Jackson managed to meet them separately
and defeat them. The first engagement was at Port Republic.
Jackson's troops were stationed along the river to prevent its
crossing by the Union troops. Mother's two brothers were with
their companies, which were ranged along the riverbank. Sud-
denly one of Jackson's staff saw a woman among the soldiers;
riding up, he discovered my mother. "What are you doing here,
Miss Fannie Kemper ?" said he. "My two brothers are over
there," said she, "and I guess I have a right to be here
too." "You certainly have not," said the young officer. Calling
upon two privates to assist, he grabbed the young woman and
put her on an artillery caisson. With a soldier on each side
to hold her, the horses galloped off and took her to her home
half a mile away.
During the rest of the war the home of her father and also
the ancestral home of her mother, known as Bogota, a few miles
away, were frequently raided by the Northern troops after
Jackson left the valley and joined Lee in the great campaign
around Chancellorsville. At the Battle of Chancellorsville, where
Jackson received the wound that ended fatally, my mother's
brother George was killed. A year later, at the Battle of the
Wilderness, Captain William Kemper also met his death. This
left mother only one brother, who was then about fifteen.
Chafing at not being allowed to enter the army, Brother Johnny,
as she called him, made his escape and followed Jackson's army
some distance before he was seen by one of Mother's friends,
who recognized his extreme youth and had him sent home.
In 1865 Grandfather was joined by my father, who had been
released from the prison on Johnson's Island in Lake Erie. He
had made his way to Texas, not knowing where his father was,
as he had been without news for many months. By making
diligent inquiry, he finally discovered that he was in San An-
tonio, and the two generals-father and son-went to live
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