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tatse so dear to them all. Men, whose fidelity and
honor and courqge lie lihad so often seen tried in
the severest ordeals; men with whom hlie would
have trusted his own life and honor, were the fittest
men to whom lie could trust the care of hiis
children, dearest and nearest to himn of all thiings
on earth. The most of these war-scarred veterans
now living are poor. hut with the knightly honor
which belomngs to such men, the sacred trust will
be discharged with that fidelity which hie anticipated
from his old -comrades whien lie confided it
To have known General Flood in lifetime was to
love and respect himn. To remember him in death
is to esteem his character and to venerate hIis
" How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallowed mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
Bly forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honor conimes, a pilgrim gray,
'To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit, there."
1 ILIAMS, T. J., promtineint lawIver of PaIlestiite,
Aniderson county, is a native of
nSiumter county, Alabatna, where lie was
horn August 3, 1839. He was reared ill
Kemper and Noxuibee counties, Mlississippi, where
his fatither, wlio was a planter had early locaited.
He was liberally educa iedd, receid a very fair
ac quaintance with the Latini and ('treek classics.
Subsequently hlie taughit sc.hool in Scott county
Mississippi. In 1862 lie entered the Confederate'
army as a private in the Third Mississippi Battalion.
He saw servtice throughout the war participatilg in
most of the great battles of the Western army. He
was oiin vidette picket duty just previous to the great
battle (if Shiloh, and hliad the honor to fire the first
shot initiating that great btattle. On thle close of the
war he began teaching school as tutor under Professor
Goathright, at Stiumnierville Mississippi. As
an educator he was now engaged assiduously for
about two years. He was admiitted to the bar at
De Kalb, Mississippi, in 1870. In 1873 lie located as
a lawyer at Palestine, where he has since resided.
During 1871 he taught schlool at Bryan, Texas.
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Captain Williams has never held or sought public
office, preferring rather to devote his entire attento
the law. Politically hie is Dernocratic; is not a
church menmber, and was never married.
OULD), ROBERT S., lawyer of Galveston,
and one of the Associate Justices of the
Surmeneme Court, is a native of Alabama.
I-e received a liberal classical education.
He settled tas a lawyer in Leon county, Texas, in
1851. The first public office lie ever held of any
niote was I)istrict Attorniey, of Leon county, to
which lie was elected shortly after coming, to Texas.
When the war began lie was discharging the duties
of District Judge, but lie promptly resigned
that honorable office and entered the Confederate
army as commnander of a battalion of choice troops.
iHe participated actively andl bravely throughout
the war, and bears on his body yet the honorable
scars of a wound received on the field of battle.
On the termination of the war lhe returned to his
profession and was soon elected IDistrict Judge.
The Federal authorities, hIowever, renioved him as
an "impediment to Reconstruction." In 1874 lihe
was appointed one of the Judgces of tihe Supreme
Coort, and in 1876G was elected toc the same positiotni.
P'Ul!BERSION, ) DA VIJ) B., prominent citizen
of Jefferson, Texas, is t native of Troup
eot| contytv, (eorgia, where lie was born Septenmber
29, 18:0. Hie receivedl a liberal
education in his native State. His early legal
training was espetially admnirable andI obtained
under tlihe tuttelage and commiendation of one of the
most nioted of Alaibama jurists. In 1856 lie located
in the state of Texas. In 1859) lie was an honorable
member of thle state legislature. On the initiation
of tlhe war hietween the states lie espoused
tlhe Southern side, and entered tlhe Confederate
army as a private soldier. He was soon made
Colonel of tlte Eighteenth Texas Infantry. In 18)64
lie was made Adjutant-General. In the same year
lie was elected to tlte statte Legislature. He was
anti honorable .member of the Forty-fourth, Fortyfifth
andi Forty-sixth Congress; being elected each
tiiiie as a Democrat.
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