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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
on James river, the Confederate commander being
Gen. Gary. Here he received his third and last
wound, having been shot through the body. The
Richmond papers published his name in the dead
list of that action. When sufficiently recovered to
travel he went to Texas on a furlough, reaching there
in October, 1864. Recovering his health he was
requested by Gen. J. G. Walker to inspect troops
and departments about Tyler, which he did. Soon
afterwards he accepted an invitation from Gen. A.
P. Bagbey to serve on his staff in Louisiana, and
remained with that officer as Assistant AdjatantGeneral
with the rank of Major.
When the great Civil War ended, Maj. Hume
began to prepare in earnest for the important battle
of civil life. He completed his preparations for
the bar, and was admitted to practice by the District
Court of Walker County, at Huntsville, in
1865, and followed his calling there for about one
year. From Huntsville he went to Galveston, and
rapidly took rank as an able lawyer. His patient
industry, fidelity and attainments soon gave him
prominence' at a bar that has no superior in the
State of Texas. He was admitted to practice in
the Supreme Court in 1866, and in 1877 was enrolled
as an attorney of the Supreme Court of the United
States at Washington.
Then only twenty-three, in 1866, he was elected
to represent Walker County in the Eleventh Texas
Legislature, and served one term. He was City
Attorney for Galveston for the municipal year of
Maj. Hume was educated at Austin College,
Texas, and subsequently spent a year at the University
of Virginia. He has always been a Democrat
in his political views, but has not aspired to
position in the world of politics, his ambition being
wholly professional. To his business he has devoted
himself patiently and faithfully. He has no rule
but to do his duty with unfaltering fidelity. Courteous,
affable and honorable, he is held in the
highest esteem by his professional brethren, who
are best able to judge his merits. Whatever he
does he delights in doing well; prepares his cases
with great care and study, and is never taken by
surprise. He looks at both sides with a true judicial
judgment, and hence is very successful in the
prosecution of his profession. He never descends
to the arts of the pettifogger or charlatan, but
aspires to the highest professional standard.
He would anywhere be recognized as a man of
talent. As a speaker he is argumentative and
logical, sometimes rhetorical and eloquent. His
great reliance is on the merits of his case, and he
appeals rather to the judgment of men than to
their sympathies and passions.
H. K. JONES,
DILWORTH, . GONZALES COUNTY.
Mr. H. K. Jones, one of the wealthiest and most
influential citizens of Gonzales County, Texas, was
born in Decatur, Lawrence County, Alabama, in
1840; came to Texas in 1855 with his parents, Mr.
Tignal Jones and Mrs. Susan Jones (nee Miss
Susan King) who located at San Antonio; was sent
to the Universitv at Oxford, Mississippi, and was a
student in that institution of learning when war was
declared between the States; returned to his home
at San Antonio at the beginningof hostilities and
enlisted as a private in Company K., Twenty-fourth
Texas dismounted cavalry, commanded by Col. F.
C. Wilkes; was afterward elected Lieutenant of his
company; in December, 1862, was captured, with
the entire brigade, at Arkansas Post, upon the fall
of that fort, and taken first to Camp Chase, near
Columbus, Ohio, and four months later to Fort
Delaware near Philadelphia, where he remained
until exchanged in April, 1863; then made his way
to the army at Tullahoma, Tenn., where his old
regiments were reorganized, with Dishler as commander
of brigade and Pat Cleburne as commander
of division; was appointed Adjutant, and a month
later Quartermaster of his regiment; although, as
Quartermaster not expected to take part in engagements,
volunteered in several battles, and was
severely wounded at New Hope Church; May 27tbh,
1864, was again captured. and in October following
exchanged; remained in the Confederate hospital
at Fort Valley, Ga., for a month, and then joined
Gen. Hood's army at Decatur, and served under
that commander in the famous Tennessee campaign,
participating as a volunteer, among others, in the
battles of Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville. On
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/390/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .