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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
that State, and the latter a native of New York.
Joseph Greene Boone and wife migrated from
North Carolina in 1827 and settled in Tipton
County, West Tennessee, when that was a comparatively
new country. " Mountain Academy neigh.
borhood," where they settled, was made up mostly
of Presbyterians who had been attracted to that
vicinity by Church ties and were kept there
through the influence of the academy, which had
been founded by a pioneer Presbyterian minister,
the Rev. James Holmes, a graduate of Princeton
College. In that neighborhood H. H. Boone was
born, February 24, 1834. In 1842 his parents
moved to DeSoto County, Miss., where, nine years
later, his mother died, and whence in 1852 his
father, accompanied by his two sons, the subject
of this sketch and an elder brother, came to Texas,
settling in the "old Rock Island neighborhood,"
in what was then Austin, now Waller County.
The boyhood and youth of H. H. Boone were thus
passed in the three States, Tennessee, Mississippi
and, Texas. His education, begun under the Rev.
Mr. Holmes at Mountain Academy, in Tipton
County, Tenn., was continued under the tuitorship
of Professor John A. Rousseau (brother of
the Federal general of that name) in Mississippi,
and, after coming to Texas, at Austin College,
Huntsville, under the direction of the Rev. Daniel
Baker, the distinguished Texas pioneer, Presbyterian
minister and teac4er. While in Austin College
he took up the study of law, first under Judge
W. A. Lee, and afterwards under Col. Henderson
Yoakum, the historian, and Judge Royal T.
Wheeler, of the Supreme Court of Texas. The
illness of his father caused him to quit college four
months before graduation, but not until he had
obtained his license to practice law. For four
years after returning home he gave his attention to
the management of his father's plantation, until
1859, when he began the practice of his profession
When the late war came on between the North
and South young Boone, like hundreds of others,
was filled with the war-spirit and at once offered
his services to the Confederacy, enlisting, in February,
1861, as a private in Col. John S. (" Old
Rip") Ford's regiment, with which he proceeded to
the Rio Grande frontier and participated in the
capture of the Union posts in that vicinity. Not
wishing to do garrison duty he returned home after
the capture of the posts and again enlisted in a
six months' company under Capt. McDade, with
which he was assigned to duty at Dickinson's
Bayou and in the vicinity of Galveston. A short
time before the expiration of his term of enlistment
in this command he was detailed as recruiting
officer to assist Maj. Edwin Waller in raising a
cavalry battalion. Five companies were recruited
from the lower Brazos country which, after rendezvousing
at Hempstead, left that place July 4, 1862,
under orders to go to Louisiana. At Vermillion,
La., a sixth company under Capt. Joseph E.
Terrell, from Fort Worth, was added and Waller
then becoming Lieutenant-Colonel, Boone was made
Major. The command was attached to Sibley's
(afterwards Green's) brigade and was in active
service from that time on along the Louisiana,
Texas and Arkansas border. Maj. Boone was in
all its operations up to September 29, 1863, when
he was wounded in the affair at Fordoche, La.,
losing his right arm and the first two fingers
and thumb of his left hand. By these wounds he
was disabled for further field service. Marrying
Miss Sue H. Gordon, of Washington, St. Landry's
Parish, La., he returned to Texas and
reported to Gen. Magruder,hecmmnin then commanding the
department of Texas, for such duty as he was able
to perform. He was assigned to post duty at different
points, and remained in the service till the
After the war Maj. Boone removed from Hempstead
to Anderson, in Grimes County, where he resumed
the practice of the law in partnership with
Hon. I. G. Searcy, and continued in the active practice
of his profession until 1876, when, having been
made the nominee of the Democratic party for
Attorney-General of the State, he accepted the
nomination, was elected and served one term. On
the expiration of his term of office he moved to
Navasota, where he again took up his professional
duties, which he has since followed to the exclusion
of everything else, although a number of times importuned
by his friends to again enter the political
As a lawyer Maj. Boone has achieved considerable
reputation, and justly so, for he possesses all
of the attributes of a successful practitioner, a clear
legal mind, sensitive conscience and diligent habits.
He has been in the practice now for thirty-odd
years and still he pursues the arduous duties of his
profession with all the enthusiasm of youth. In accepting
cases he is careful, exacting sincerity from
his clients, and in the preparation of causes for
trial he is diligent and faithful, fair in his statements
before the jury, courteous to adverse counsel
and circumspect to the court, a logical thinker, able
and earnest speaker. Measured by pecuniary gain
he may be said to have met with success, for by
means of his profession he has accumulated some
property after having reared and made ample edu
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