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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
and the right was under my own command. The
.fire was opened at about half-past three in the
morning from my left section, the Major-General
commanding in person, firing the first gun. This
being the signal to commence firing, the battery
opened and the firing was continued until about
daylight when orders were received to cease firing
and to withdraw the pieces, the battery having
fired 317 rounds.
I have to report the following casualties:In
Maj. Wilson's section: Private Louis Gebour,
leg broken at the knee, amputated and since
In my section: Private J. R. Smith, wounded in
the hip; Private T. Frederick, head and shoulderssevere
but probably not mortal; Private P. Lynchcomb,
No other casualties occurred. The officers and
men behaved well and though under fire for the first
time, and very much exposed, handled their guns
with coolness and did their work bravely.
I have the honor, Colonel, to be, very respectfully,
your obedient servant,
Capt. Light Artillery, C. S. A.
Mr. Gonzales' career has been principally of a
business nature. He served as a commissioner of
Cameron County for one term during his residence
at Point Isabel and since coming to Galveston has
been frequently importuned to become a candidate
for various local offices, but has uniformly declined
to yield to such solicitudes and has taken only a
passing interest in political matters. He is a conservative
Democrat, believing in the fundamental
principles of the Democratic party and, within the
bounds of reason and common sense, in party organization;
but opposes bossism and blind partisanship
and all else inconsistent with individual
liberty and the purity of the ballot-box.
As stated, Mr. Gonzales' marriage took place in
New Orleans just previous to his permanent removal
to Texas in 1850. His wife was born in
Philadelphia, December 20th, 1833, and was a
daughter of Pierre Boyer. She was connected by
blood and marriage with some of the oldest and
best families of the United States; among them
were the Verplanks and Rumseys of Fishkill,
N. Y., the Weathereds of Baltimore, the Sykes
of St. Louis and the Caverlys of Delaware.
Her brother, Dr. P. C. Boyer, was a physician of
prominence in New Orleans during and since the
war. Mrs. Gonzales was mainly reared in New
Orleans, in the schools of which city she received
her education. She was an accomplished young
lady who, though accustomed to all the comforts
and luxuries of wealth, cheerfully came to this new
country to help her husband make a home and win
a fortune. To Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales six children
were born, four sons and two daughters; one of
the children, a son, died in infancy; another, a
daughter, at the age of seven fell a victim to the
yellow fever epidemic of 1867, and a son, Thomas
E., died February 19th, 1892, when thirty-three
years of age. Their surviving daughter, Daisy,
was married to Francis Coolidge Stanwood, a cotton
dealer, and resides in Boston, Mass., while the two
remaining sons, Boyer and Julian Caverly, are
business men at Galveston, the former a member
of the firm of Thomas Gonzales
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