The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 249
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Esther Amanda Sherrill Cullins
meditation. Musing perhaps on familiar scenes and associations
of her youth, mourning the loss of dear ones who had passed on,
and especially the deaths of her parents, which came only six
days apart, and more recently sorrowing for several beloved
nephews who made the supreme sacrifice at Gettysburg and on
other grim battlefields-perhaps at such times the brave Esther
was wont to water her cherished prairie flowers with her tears!
Esther Cullins and her family had lived in Texas under four
of her six flags. Arriving on a scene of turmoil and strife, and
finding the country in rebellion against Mexico, their hearts had
bled over the tragic fall of the Alamo, the horrible slaughter
at Goliad, and they had hailed those precious eighteen minutes
at San Jacinto, when a new nation was born. They had shared
in the ten momentous years under the Lone Star of the Re-
public, years brimful of stirring, thrilling events. They had
endorsed the entry of the new State into the then peaceful firma-
ment of the Red, White and Blue, and, subsequently, confident
in the South's justification, they had sanctioned its secession
from the Union. They survived the heartbreaking news of
General Lee's surrender, but before the expiration of the har-
rowing period of reconstruction both Esther and Daniel Cullins
In the old Beal family cemetery, on the farm of their daugh-
ter's family, adjoining their own farm home, they lie side by
side. In addition to a joint family marker, there is on the grave
of Esther Amanda Sherrill Cullins a bronze tablet placed by the
Sarah McCalla Chapter of the D. A. R., honoring her as a real
Daughter of the American Revolution. On March 4, 1868, within
less than five months after the death of her husband, this heroine
unsung "lay down to that long dreamless sleep that separates
Time's evening from Eternity's fair morn."
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