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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
the honor, and Gen. Phifer was subsequently u
Gen. Van Dorn, with about 15,000 men, made a t
forced march on Corinth, Miss., but not receiving y
expected re-enforcements, was repulsed after a t
sharp engagement by Gen. Rosecrans, who,
with 30,000 men, was strongly entrenched at that
place. The enemy followed up the disorderly 1
retreat of the Confederate troops toward the bridge I
on Hatchie river the following day. Here Ross, l
in command of Phifer's brigade, was stationed to 4
guard the Confederate wagon-trains and rear and, I
with his 1,000 men, held over 10,000 Union soldiers
at bay for over an hour and a half
to enable Van Dorn to reform his troops and
retreat safely and in good order. Gen. Maury was
requested by the War Department at Richmond to
give the name of the officer who had especially distinguished
himself in this action and at once
reported that of Col. Ross. Without the knowledge
or consent of Ross, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
wrote to the Secretary of War, October 3d, 1863,
and had him appointed Brigader-General, a position
filled by him until the close of hostilities.
Ross served in the Trans-Mississippi department,
and also " across the river," under Gen. Joseph E.
Johnston and Gen. Hood, fighting through the
famous Georgia campaign. He was elected Sheriff
of McLennan County in 1875; served the same
year as a member of the Constitutional Convention;
was a member of the State Senate from 1881
to 1883; was nominated by the Democratic party
and elected Governor in 1886; was re-elected Governor
in 1888 practically without opposition, and
on retiring from office early in 1891, was made
President of the State Agricultural and Mechanical
College at Bryan, the position he now fills.
The following, taken from a Texas paper and published
during Ross' second campaign before the
people for re-election to the office of Governor of
Texas, fitly illustrates his character and shows by
what means he won the respect and devotion of the
men who served under him during the war: " An
affecting scene occurred at Morgan the other day,
when a prominent attorney of one of our frontier
counties sought an introduction to Ross and, with
the tears quietly stealing down his cheeks, said:
'I have just received a letter from a favorite
brother, now in Mississippi, who was an old soldier
under you and who was desperately wounded on
the retreat from Nashville and left on the roadside
to die. He says, sir, that when you came by
him in charge of the rear guard, and the Yankees
were pouring shot and shell into your brave little
band that stood between Hood's disorganized colimns
and the pursuing enemy, he hailed you and
bade you a lasting good-bye, whereupon you rode
o where he lay and, dismounting, examined his
wounds and asked if he could find strength enough
;o ride behind on your horse. But he told you he
was probably mortally wounded and that you could
do nothing to aid him. This brother says, sir,
that you then turned your pocket out and found
$6, all you had, and gave it to him, and then
mounted and rode rapidly away under fire of the
enemy, then not more than 200 yards from you.
He now writes me to repay you in some measure,
in his name, for your devotion to a private
MRS. KATE (ROSS) PADGITT.
Mrs. Kate (Ross) Padgitt, wife of Mr. Tom
Padgitt (a wholesale merchant and for many
years a leading citizen of Waco and CentralTexas)
was born at Waco, January 6th, 1852, and was
married to Mr. Padgitt, January 3d, 1878. She
was the first white child born in the then Indian
village. At the time there were not more than
four or five white families in the settlement. Miss
Ross when quite young entered Baylor University,
under the presidency of Dr. Rufus C. Burleson, and
in due course of time graduated from that institution
with high honors. The first steamboat that
ever plied the Brazos river was named the Katie
Ross in her honor. The boat was afterwards taken to
Galveston and ran between that city and Houston.
Of congenial tastes, Mr. and Mrs. Padgitt's
beautiful home in Waco is the seat of that delightful
and refined hospitality that from time immemorial
has been the boast and glory of the South.
Mrs. Padgitt is one of the brightest ornaments of
our Texas womanhood. As I write I have before
me a letter from Herbert Howe Bancroft to a correspondent
in this State in which he in grateful
terms expresses his appreciation of the very
valuable assistance that she rendered him in the
collection and preparation of material for his Texas
History. I, too, am indebted to her for many of
the facts used in the compilation of the memoir of
the life of her father, the lamented Capt. Shapley
P. Ross. While she takes great interest in literary
and artistic matters and social functions, she
is at the same time thoroughly domestic and devoted
to her husband, children, and household
duties. Mr. and Mrs. Padgitt have five living
children, viz.: Buena Vista, now wife of Mr. Foster
Fort, of Waco; Catherine, Clinton, Lotta, and
Ross. One child, Sallie, died at the age of thirteen,
and another,Thomas, died at the age of twelve years.
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