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HISTORY O F I EXAS.
only near enough to witness part of the battle
from tlhe opposite side of the river. With
General Fremont's command lie spent the
winter of 1861-'62 in western Missouri, and
in the spring of 1862 was present at the battle
of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, where the ITnion
srmy under Curtis and Sigel won the victory
over McCulloch and Price. Young Pope
then accompanied Curtis' army to Itelena,
Arkansas, and in November, 1862, left the
army and returned to St. Louis. IHe remained
there but a short time, when lie went to Logansport,
Indiana, for the purpose of comnpleting
his education, but after the excitemenit
of the past year it was impossible to be
contented in the quiet seclusion of the schoolroom,
and after a month or so spent in school
he enlisted in the Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer
Infantry, with which he served from
the siege of Vicksburg through Banks' caimpaign
in Louisiana and Burbridge's in Kentueky
and Virginia, until the regiment was
mustered out of service at Louisville, Kentucky,
September 11, 1865.
Immediately afterward he went to Madison
University, New York, where he spent two
years. Then he returned to Indiana, and
after a short season there he went to the far
West and spent a year in Colorado and Montana.
Like many others, his westward venture
was not a success, and instead of having,
as he had hoped, sufficient money to return
to school, he, as soon as he reached civilization,
which was then western Iowa, had to
take a school and teach it for a livelihood.
In 1870 he left Iowa and came to Texas.
At that time there was no railroad connection
with the north and west, and the only
way to reach Texas was by the water route,
via New Orleans, or by stage. Passing
through Galveston and Houston he went on
to Navarro county, and at Spring Hill opened
a private school, which lie taulight until J.anuary,
1872, when lie 1was appointed s-uperilltendent
of public schools in and for M ilanil
an(l Bu1rleson counties, and organized tlie
first free schools in those counties. In 1873
a change in the school law abolished the office
On February 18, 1874, he married Miss
Martha A. McCown, daughter of J. W. McCown,
of Milain county, Texas. This fainily,
whose history may be found elsewhere in
this volume, has been well and favorablly
known in Texas since some time in 183;*,
when J. W. McCown, Sr., brought his fa,:ily
from Tennessee and settled in Washington
county, this State. The mother of Miss
McCown wps a daughter of Josiah W. Turnhaln,
one of the first settlers of Milam county,
and a cousin of ex-Governor L. S. Ross.
In 1877 Thomas A. Pope graduated with
honors at the Louisville Medical College,
having been selected the class orator.
On returning to Texas he located at Wilderville,
in Falls county, where he secured a
large and lucrative practice, which constantly
increased until he left there in 188() to locate
in Cameron, his present place of residence.
His principal object in moving to Cameron
was to educate his children. Since coming
to this place he has succeeded in establishing
for himself a large practice, the most extensive
in tlhe county. No one has labored
harder to deserve the confidence of the people
by proficiency in his profession than Dr.
Pope. Even in the midst of a large and growing
practice, he finds time every year or so
to attend the schools and hospitals in the
larger cities for the purpose of keeping up
with the progress that is constantly being
made in the science and practice of medicine.
With such habits of study, coupled with natural
ability of a high order, his advance in
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