The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 482
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closely associated with Captain Walsh, and from time to time
I prevailed on him to recount in detail the high points in his
public career. It was at my insistence that he wrote the fol-
lowing sketch, which I think is a very modest and a far too
brief discussion of his subject. After his death I tried to find
his original manuscript, from which my copy was made, but it
had apparently been lost or destroyed.
He was a truly remarkable character-- unassuming, yet
tenacious in defense of his principles; broadly tolerant except
in the face of intolerance; simple in his tastes and way of life,
yet able to hold his own with any dignitary in the land; devoid
of acquisitiveness, yet willing to share his last dollar with
one in need. Nature had been kind to him, in the gift of an
incredible memory and a genial wit that flowed spontaneously
in his daily conversation without a trace of ridicule or sting;
perenially youthful in spite of his four score years, keeping
abreast of the march of time; a charming conversationalist,
able to command the attention of a group of any age, yet in
his private life preferring the solitude of the country.
Physically he was well proportioned; of medium weight, with
large well-poised head, wide shoulders, full chest, small waistline,
muscular arms and legs, his carriage erect in spite of his years
and his war wounds, which required the aid of a crutch. Two
things he refused to sacrifice to modern convention: his black
string tie and his long handlebar mustache.
At the time of his death and for some years before he was
the President of the United Confederate Veterans. With his
characteristic modesty he said nothing of this honor, probably
believing that it was not entitled to mention as a public service.
"He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again."
J. F. C.
MY PUBLIC SERVICE RECORD
On September 25, 1857, I was appointed Clerk in the Land
Office by Commissioner Stephen Crosby and retained by F. M.
White, his successor, until-
April 30, 1861, when I resigned and went as First Lieutenant
commanding the Tom Green Rifles, which was afterward Com-
pany B, Fourth Texas Infantry, John B. Hood, Colonel.
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