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to Bastrop, for the purpose of educating his
somn. The family remained there until 1857.
At one tisne the Indians stole some horses
from his neighborhood, but they were pursued,
a skirmish occurred on Ridgeway prairie,
and the stock was rescued. On account
of being a cripple, Mr. Hill did Tot participate
in the war of 1846. In his political relations,
he was a pronounced Democrat, and
in 1861 was a member of the Convention of
the State assembled at Austin for the purpose
of voting, whether Texas should remain
independent or east its lot with the other
States of the South. Mr. Hill's vote was
registered in favor of the latter, and he contributed
of his ineans to the cause to the full
extent of his ability. He served as an agent
for the Confederate Government in this section,
and from his plantation the soldiers
wives and children were supplied with provision
and other necessities which they were
not otherwise able to procure. After the
close of the struggle, like many Southern
gentlemen, he was much poorer financially.
Many of his negroes remained with him until
the crops of 1865 were gathered, and a numnber
still remain at the old homestead. In
1866, after the return of his sons from the
war, Mr. Hill gave them the management of
the fartn, and was retired from active work
until his death, May 6, 1873, at the age of
sixty-one years. His wife still survives, and
resides with her children, aged sixty-nine
years. She has been a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, since her girlhood.
Mr. and Mrs. Hill had two children,
Thomas A. and D. 0.
Thomas A Hill graduated at the Military
Institute of Marietta, Georgia, in 1861. In
the same-year he joined the Third Battalion,
under Major Capers, of Georgia, as/Lieutenant.
For a time he was assigned Ior duty
on General Stevenson's staff, was then transferred
to the Forty-Second Georgia Infantry
as Captain of Company I, was sent to Vicksburg,
and was there captured and paroled.
Returning to Texas, he served until the exchange,
after which he was assigned to duty
as Assistant General Inspector of Cavalry,
under General Gano, and was stationed principally
in the Indian Nation. During the
summer of 1864 Mr. Hill was sent back to
his company, rejoining his command at Dalton,
Georgia, was wounded in the battle of
Resaca, and as soon as able returned to his
company. Mr. Hill was captured at the battle
of Peach Tree Creek, and remained at
Johnson's island uutil the close of hostilities.
In the summer of 1866 he began merchandising
at LaGrange, Texas; from 1870 to 1873
followed farming in Fayette county; was engaged
in business at Columbus until the
Southern Pacific Company built their road
to Weimar, and was then engaged in merchandising
in the latter city until 1885. He
is now banking in Weimar.
Captain D. 0. Hill, the subject of this
sketch, received a good education in the
college of Bastrop. In October, 1861, he
enlisted for service in the late war, joining
as a private Company D, Eighth
Texas Cavalry, commonly known as Terry's
Texas rangers, and was attached to the
Army of the-Tennessee, under Albert Sidney
Johnston. He participated in the battles of
Shiloh, Murfreesborongh, Chickamauga, siege
of Knoxville; was in all the battles from
Resaca to Atlanta, from the latter city to
Savannah, Georgia; next to Columbia, South
Carolina; thence to North Carolina, where he.
took part in the last battle of the Confederacy
at Bentonville. He was paroled at Charlotte,
North Carolina, in April, 1865. Mr.
Hill served through the entire struggle, and
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