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24 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
quite misleading, I deem it now both my duty and my privilege
to put on record a true and concise account of the battle as I saw
it and know it to have been. Had I told the story during or
within ten years after the close of the Civil War, or, in short,
any time before Father Time had cooled my blood and so tem-
pered my mind as to enable me, I believe, to write both fairly
and impartially, I would likely have embellished it with com-
ments little calculated to be soothing to certain Confederate
officers. But Time softens all asperities and whatever ill will
I felt in the sixties against individuals or aggregations of in-
dividuals, has been transformed, as far as human nature permits,
into friendship and love. Then I should have held more than
one person up to the indignant scorn of other fellow com-
patriots; now I shall simply relate facts, and leave inferences
and conclusions to the good sense and consciences of my readers.
Before going into details of the battle though, let me put on
record a chapter of hitherto unwritten local history which may
prove of interest to the descendants of the old timers, and which
will explain why it was the Unionists came to be where they were
when attacked by the Confederates.
Not only was there a very light vote polled on the question
whether or not Texas should secede, but only a bare majority of
the votes cast spoke in favor of secession. In portions of West
Texas, and notably in the counties of Gillespie, Kerr and Ken-
dall, and in localities of Medina, Comal, and Bexar counties,
the opposition to a severance of the Union remained unchanged
by the election, and but for wise counsel, might have produced
more and bloodier strife than there was between those who held
fast to the Union and those who transferred their allegiance
to the Southern Confederacy. That this opposition was compos-
ed of large numbers of Germans, resident in the counties and
sections named, is true; and it is also true that they were then as
now citizens of the State of Texas and of the United States of
America by birth and by adoption, and had every right as
Americans to continue faithful to their convictions. That the
wise counsel needed was not lacking is demonstrated by the
fact that shortly after the promulgation of the Ordinance of
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Williams, R. H. & Sansom, John W. Massacre on the Nueces River; story of a Civil War tragedy., book, Date Unknown; Grand Prairie, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2409/m1/27/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .