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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Hancock, recently deceased, were for many years
potential forces in the business and political affairs
of Texas. George Hancock died on the 6th of
January, 1879, in the city of Austin, leaving surviving
his wife, Louisa, and one son, Lewis, the
present, Mayor of Austin.
WILLIAM LEWIS CABELL,
Gen. W. L. Cabell was born in Danville, Va.,
January 1, 1827, and was one of a family of seven
sons and four daughters.
His grandfather was Joseph Cabell, of Buckingham
County, who married a Miss Bolling, of the
same county. His father was Gen. Benjamin W.
S. Cabell, born in Buckingham, and his mother,
Sarah E. Doswell, a native of Nottoway County,
where his parents were married. Joseph Cabell,
his grandfather, moved to Kentucky while his
father, Benjamin W. S., was young. Gen. Benjamin
W. S. Cabell, however, remained in Virginia
all his life and died there April 13, 1862. His
widow died in 1874. Gen. W. L. Cabell grew up
on his father's farm and attended schools in the
vicinity until 1846, when he entered the United
States Military Academy at West Point, from
which he graduated in 1850 and was assigned to
the United States Army as Brevet Second Lieutenant
in the Seventh Infantry. In 1855, having attained
the rank of First Lieutenant, he was appointed regimental
Quartermaster and so remained until 1858,
when he was promoted to the rank of Captain in
the Quartermaster's department and was assigned
to duty on the staff of Gen. Persifer F. Smith,
then in command of the Utah expedition. Gen.
Smith died and was succeeded by Gen. Wm. S.
Harney, with whom Capt. Cabell continued until
the close of the expedition, when, in the same
year, he was ordered to Fort Kearney to rebuild
that fortification. In the spring of 1859 he was
ordered to Fort Arbuckle, in the Chickasaw Nation,
and in the fall of the same year, to build a new
post at Fort Cobb, about a hundred miles
west of Arbuckle and high up on the Washita
river, in the Indian Territory, west of the ninetyeighth
meridian. This post, since the war, has
been superseded by Fort Sill. Capt. Cabell remained
on duty at Fort Cobb, frequently
engaged in scouting against the wild Indians,
until the spring of 1861, when it became apparent
that the war between the States was inevitable.
He then repaired to Fort Smith, tendered his resignation
to the President of the United States, and
on the 12th of April left for the seat of the Confederate
Government, at Montgomery, Ala. He reached
Montgomery on the 19th of the month and immediately
offered his services to President Davis. He
received at the same time the acceptance of his
resignation, signed by President Lincoln, and was
commissioned as Major in the Confederate army.
He was married July 22, 1856, to Miss Harriett
A., daughter of Maj. Elias Rector. They have
reared a family of children who have been an honor
to their name. They are: Benjamin E., Kate Doswell,
John Joseph, Lawrence Duval, Lewis Rector,
Pocahontas Rebecca, and William Lewis. Mrs.
Cabell died April 16, 1887. She was a woman of
rare virtues and greatly beloved by those who were
in a position to know her many merits.
On being appointed Major, Cabell left for Richmond,
Va., under orders from President Davis, to
organize the quartermaster's, commissary, ordnance
and medical departments of the army. He
remained there until the first of June, when he was
ordered to Manassas to report to Gen. Beauregard
as Chief Quartermaster of the Army of the
Potomac. After the battles of the 18th and 21st of
July, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston assumed command.
Maj. Cabell served on his staff until the 15th
of January, 1862, when he was ordered to report
to Gen. Albert Sydney Johnston in Kentucky (then
commanding the Army of the West) for service
under Gen. Earl Van Dorn in the Trans-Mississippi
department. He crossed the Mississippi into Arkansas
with Gen. Van Dorn, who established temporary
headquarters at Jacksonport, and soon
thereafter was promoted to the rank of BrigadierGeneral
and was assigned to the command of the
troops on White river, to hold in check the forces
of the Federal General Steele, then menacing that
section from Missouri, while Gen. Van Dorn proceeded
to Northwest Arkansas and assumed command
of the army then under the command of
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/290/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .