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HIS TOR OF TEXAS.
plementing these with good counsel and a persmnal
example in his own life that was always
marked for patient labor, cheerfulnlless,
purity and self-denial.
There were five children in the family of
which the subject of this notice was a meinber.
Harry was the eldest. He is now a
resident of Dallas, this State, a prominent
Populist leader, and a man who has attained
much distinction lately as a lecturer on the
principles of the Farmners' Alliance. Nat. IH.
of this article was the second. Joseph and
William were two that died, respectively in
youth and early manhood, the former at the
age of sixteen and the latter at the age of
twenty-six. Ollie, the only daughter, is now
the wife of William Grissau, and lives in
Fulton county, Arkansas.
Nat. H. Tracy, with whom this article has
mainly to do, was reared till le was sixteen
years old in Murray county, Georgia. He
received a fair common school education, and
while yet a lad, was placed in his father's
store, where lie spent the greater part of his
early years. In 1859 he married Miss Melvina
Herron, a native of Fulton county, Arkansas,
and daughter of Fieldirg Herron;
and with the wifely counsel and assistance of
this lady bad begun to accumulate some property,
and lay his plans for what promised to
be a successful business career when the Civil
war came on. He entered the Confederate
army in April, 1861, going out in the first
company raised in the locality where he lived,
this being Captain Pogue's company, Fourteenth
Arkansas Infantry, commanded by
Colonel Mitchell. His initial engagement
was the first battle at Elkhorn. Following
this, he was with that portion of the Missouri
and Arkansas troops transferred to the
army east of the Mississippi and too part in
the engagements at Farmington, ,l ka and
Corinth, and in the subsequent operations in
that vicinity until the surrender of Port
Hudson in July 1863. He was transferred
to Arkansas, and again in that State he obtained
authority to raise a company for the
purpose of driving out the "'Jay-hawkers"
from Kansas and Missouri, of which company
he was elected Captain and at its head
entered Fristo's regiment. With it he took
part in the battles at Hartsville, Alder Creek
Missouri, and at Augusta, Jackson Port and
Miller's Church, Arkansas, besides numerous
skirmishes and smaller expeditions where the
service was hard, but the casualties light.
When the war was over Captain Tracy returned
home to find, as he had anticipated,
that all his property had been swept away.
He had but two horses left, twenty-five cents
in money, the meat of less than two logs, and
corn to feed his horses and make bread for
about three months. Four negroes, whom
he had raised, remained on his place, and
these promised to stay with him. With this
btock in trade he began the arduous labors of
'.reconstruction" on his own plantation. At
a council of war held by himself and wife it
was decided, as he relates, to meet the enemy
with the arms and stores then at hand without
asking or accepting aid, either as a gratuity
or as a loan, and with this excellent resolution,
the good wife went to work picking
out cotton to make thread while the husband
took to the field with the negrbes to prepare
the soil for the crop. Captain Tracy says
now rather jocularly, but with an evident feeling
of earnestness, that those were trying
tines. The first week passed off monotonously,
even gloomily enough, but sunshine was
brought into the household on the first Sunday
morning by his bringing in two large
deer, which he had shot in the woods near by.
The rejoicing over this event, however, was
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/692/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .