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INDIA1N 1' 1 I1'.s A ND PIIONEElS OF TEX.AS.
right of the then existing slave States to own
negroes as property; not blecause lhe approved or
was in favor of the system of slavery, )but because
it was the acknowledged( law of the lan(d and onIly
by war or by purchase of tile negroes by the general
governmenit could tlhat law be rightfully abrogated.
War came and slavery was abolished. Tie election
of 3Mr. Lincoln as President of the lUnited States in
l%f;0 b1roolghit about the secession of the Southern
States. The question then came up in the mind of
IMr. Sealy, what was his duty to himself? Iie
deci(le,1 tliat, as he came to Texas to make it his
llome, le would obey the laws of the State of Texas
and take his chances witll the other people of the
State, even in war, although he was opposed to
secession. lie continued his connection with Ball,
Colonel had a kind heart and was always willing to
allow his company to be attached for the time being
to a battalion to create the office of Major for some
military friend of bis deserving the position, or to
be attached to a number of companies to form a
regiment so as to make a Colonel of a friend of his.
It, however, never reported to any Major or Colonel
to complete the organization and thus saw no active
The company, as a matter of fact, was composed
of such valuable material that the members were
all detailed for the discharge of special and important
duties, and the Colonel could never get his
men together in time to perfect a battalion or regimental
organization. The result was that tile war
lid not last long enough to give the Colonel an
opportunity to lead his men to tile front for targets.
They all survived the war and llave been grateful
for the strategy exhibited by him (luring the war
for the purpose of securing their comfort and safety.
Mr. Sealy enlisted for three years, as the law
required in 1862. Being opposed to secession he
was consistent in not accepting anything in the way
of pay from the Confederacy for his services as
a soldier and lived at his own expense. IIe was
detailed to serve in the office of Gen. Slaughter,
commanding the Western Division of Texas, at
Brownsville, and in 1865 performed the last official
service that was rendered the Confederacy, signing
the parole, under official authority, of the soldiers
of the lost cause who surrenderedl at Brownsville on
tile Rio Grande
the last to lay down their arms.
He served hiis full three years without pay, but not
without honor, as lie was repeatedly offered higher
positions which he declined. The position he took,
from necessity, was that of a private, and he would
not do himself the injustice to accept, voluntarily,
any higher position, as lie liad promised himself to
comply simply with the existing laws of tlie land
and this he did faithfully. During the years
from 1862 to 1865 lie was also representing Ball,
the propriety and advantage of the step, had blanks
printe(l and distributed among the members of the
local business community and, in a short time thereafter,
put into successful operation a regular banking
business. From that time forward the firm of
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