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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
With ten others he made his way across the countrv
to San Antonio, it2being their intention to join the
Texas rangers or some body of volunteers and proceed
from that place to the armies of Scott or Taylor
beyond the Rio Grande. Within a few hours, however,
after Dr. Dignowity arrived at San Antonio,
while at the table taking his first meal in the place
he was hastily summoned to attend a Mexican and
an Indian who had,been engaged in a street affray,
and his presencejas a physician thus becoming
known and there being urgent need for his services
he was prevailed upon to remain and devote his
skill and energies, for a time, at least, to the
afflicted of that place. He soon had a good practice
and finally made up his mind to make San Anfrom
the press, will show. As by a close vote the
State decided to secede, he, together with other
prominent men of his section, had to leave the country
and early in 1861 went North, making his way
over land through Texas, the Indian Territory and
Arkansas on horseback and finally, after much suffering,
reached Washington City, where he secured
employment under the government and remained
durinog the entire period of the war.
He was a great sufferer by the war, having .most
of his property swept away and his health badly
impaired. Returning to Texas in 1869 he did not
resume the practice of his profession, but devoted
his energies to the task of gathering up the fragments
of his fortune. He followed this vigorously
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A. M. DIGNOWITY, M. D.
tonio his home. He accordingly sent for and was
joined by his family, which he had left at Little
Rock, and from that time on until the opening of
the war between the States, (1861) devoted his time
to the practice of medicine and to land speculation,
both of which yielded him good financial returns.
On the great issue which led to a rupture between
the Northern and Southern States, Dr. Dignowity
was in harmony with a majority of the prominent
and patriotic men of his section, who, like himself,
were bitteriy opposed to secession. He was always
opposed to slavery, even before the agitation of
that question in this country, as the two last books
written by him, " Bohemia under Austrian despotism
" and " American despotism," soon to be issued
and with a fair degree of success until his death,
April 22d, 1875. He left surviving him a widow,
five sons and one daughter, the sons being Antone
Francis, Edward Lucien, Henry Louis,
Charles Leonard, and James Victor and the daughter,
Imogene Teresa Dignowity. One son, Albert
Wentzel, the second in age of his family, was killed
February 25th, 1872, at Piedras Negras, Mexico,
while a soldier in the army of the patriot Juarez,
and a dauahter preceded the father to the grave,
dying in childhood.
Dr. Dignowity's career was an exceptional one,
made so by an exceptional mental and moral organ'
ism. He was not only an accomplished physician
but a successful man of business. While a student
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/273/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .