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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
elected Senator to the Twentieth and Twenty-first
legislatures from the Fourth Senatorial District over
Hon. D. S. Hearne, by nearly 5,000 majority. He
was elected to the House of Representatives of the
Twenty-third Legislature from Marion County and
wielded an influence second to that of no other
member of that body. He is a Knight Templar
Mason, a member of the Baptist church, the Legion
of Honor and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
As a lawyer he has met with uncommon success
and has won for himself a place in the front
rank of his profession. To a broad knowledge of
the principles and practice of law, he adds the power
and grace of a finished logical and magnetic orator.
He has done yeoman service for the Democratic
party and should he consent to remain in public life
the people will doubtless confer further honors
. . .~~~I I GEORGE
George Hobbs was born in Derbyshire, England,
January 21, 1841, and came to Texas with his parents
(James and Sarah Hobbs) and brothers and
sisters in November, 1852, as a passenger on the
sailing vessel, "Osborne," the voyage from England
to New Orleans requiring seven weeks and from
New Orleans to Corpus Christi one week. The
family were a part of the immigrants introduced
into Nueces County by Capt. H. L. Kinney, and
had contracted for one hundred acres of land near
Corpus Christi, then a village containing only six
houses. ' Hostile Lipan Indians infested that section
of the State, rendering life and property insecure
outside of the settlements. The head of the
family found the condition of the country so different
from what it had been represented to him
that he concluded not to open a farm or stock
ranch, rested a month in Corpus Christi, and then,
with his family, moved to the town of Nueces,
where eight or ten families soon followed. Here he
resided until the time of his death, which occurred
in August, 1868. His wife died of yellow fever in
Corpus Christi in 1854. They left seven children:
Rebecca, who married a Mr. Mitchel in England,
and did not come to America with her parents;
William; Sarah, now Mrs. Reuben Holbein;
'James, George, Priscilla, now Mrs. Thomas
Beynon, and Miriam, the wife of George Littig,
who died soon after their marriage. All of the
boys joined the Confederate army during the war
between the States and made enviable records as
soldiers. George volunteered as a private in Capt.
Matt Nolan's company, Pyron's regiment, Sibley's
brigade. The companies of Capts. Nolan and
Tobin (detailed for duty on the Rio Grande), were
sent from Laredo to Brownsville, and took charge
of the United States posts and arsenals, when the
United States forces evacuated that territory
at the beginning of the war. Later Mr. Hobbs
participated in the famous battle of Galveston,
which resulted in the recapture of that city by the
Confederates, and not long thereafter was a member
of the " Belle Crew " of volunteers that boarded
and captured at Sabine Pass the "I Morning Light,"
a Federal war vessel carrying six guns. After
taking the vessel and finding that she was of too
heavy draft to be brought across the bar into the
harbor, she was left in the charge of a single
private, Eugene Aikin, of Nolan's company. Next
day the United States mailship hove in sight, and,
drawing alongside to discharge and receive mail as
as usual, requested that an officer be sent aboard.
Aikin replied in a ferocious and stentorian voice
that the "Morning Light" had been captured by
the Confederates, ordered imaginary marines to
quarters and imaginary cannoneers to clear the
guns. The captain of the mail steamer lost no time
in putting out to sea under a full head of steam and
left Aikin master of the situation. The day following
this humorous incident, worthy to bring a
smile to the physiognomy of grim-visaged war,
the "Morning Light," was burned to prevent her
from being retaken by the Federals. Nolan's company,
of which Mr. Hobbs was a member, was next
ordered to Lake Charles, La., where it was sent to
watch and report upon the movements of Gen.
Banks and did courier, scouting and picket duty for
eight months. It was then ordered back to Texas
for coastguard duty at Cedar Lake and afterwards
at Padre Island, which he performed until the end
of the war. The close of hostilities found Mr. Hobbs,
to use the expressive vernacular of the times, " fat
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