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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
of Commodore Matthew F. Maury. John B.
Minor (now deceased), for fifty years professor
of law at the University of Virginia; Lucian
Minor, late professor of law at William and Mary
College, Va., the late Dr. Chas. Minor, of Albermarle
County, Va., and Dr. William Minor, of
Alabama, all eminent in their respective callings,
were brothers of Mrs. Ann Tompkins Trueheart.
She died at Galveston in 1886, and her husband,
Mr. John 0. Trueheart, at Galveston in 1874.
Of their children, nine in number, six are now
living: Dr. Chas. W. Trueheart, Mrs. Fanny G.
Sproule, Mrs. John Adriance and Miss Mildred D.
Trueheart, of Galveston, the subject of this memoir,
and( MIrs. Elvira S. Howard, of San Antonio, Texas.
Henry Martyn Trueheart had few school advantages,
but this deprivation was more than compensated
for by the careful training that he received
at the hands of one of the best of Christian mothers
and his daily association with refined and cultured
people. Long before reaching his majority he
was thrown upon his own resources and found it
necessary not only to earn a support for himself,
but to contribute to the maintenance of the family.
In 1857 he was appointed by the Commissioners'
Court of Galveston County Assessor and Collector
of taxes for the county, a position that he subsequently
filled for a period of about ten years.
He took part in the battle of Galveston, January
1, 1863, and, upon the recapture of the city by the
Confederates, was appointed Assistant Provostmarshal,
with the rank of Captain.
Several months later, feeling that every ablebodied
man ought to be at the front, whether exempt
from military duty or not, he proceeded to
Virginia, where he was attached to Stuart's cavalry
until wounded in a skirmish near Orange Court
House, from whence he was carried to the University
of Virginia, where he was nursed at the home of
his uncle, John B. Minor. Upon recovery, a month
later, he joined regularly an independent company,
of about one hundred men, commanded by Capt.
J. Hanson McNeil, of Hardy County, W. Va.,
with which he served until the surrender. In the
early part of 1865, as a member of this company,
he was a participant in one of the most remarkable
exploits that marked the course of the war.
McNeil marched his men on the occasion referred
to, eastward to Cumberland, Md. (a town of four
thousand inhabitants), situated ninety miles in advance
of the main Confederate forces, and,
although it was garrisoned by several thousand
Federal troops and protected by three lines of
pickets, captured a picket, forced the countersign,
boldly entered the town under cover of night,
marched to the respective quarters (guarded by
sentinels) of Maj.-Gen. George Crook and Maj.Gen.
Kelly, took those officers out of their beds,
retired as quietly as he came, marching his men
through nearly the entire Federal infantry camp,
and later delivered tile Union Generals to the Confederate
authorities at Richmond, this, too, without
being under the necessity of firing a gun. After the
close of the war Mr. Trueheart returned to Texas,
like Confederate soldiers generally, without a dollar.
He bad to begin life anew. This he did,
nothing discouraged, and in the years that have
followed has amassed an independent fortune and
played an active part in the affairs of the city in
which he has so long resided.
In Hardy County, W. Va., in 1866, he was
united in marriage to Miss Annie Vanmeter Cunningham,
the beautiful and accomplished daughter
of Mr. William Streit Cunningham, of that county.
They have five children: Sally, Henry M., Ann V.,
Rebecca, and Elvira.
Mr. Trueheart is now serving his second term as
a trustee of the Galveston city public free schools
and has for a number of years been a member of
the board of directors of the Southern Cotton Press
Company, the Galveston
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/299/: accessed June 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .