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est sister at the old homestead in the same town.
He was four years in the Confederate service during
the war between the States. He first enlisted
in Col. E. B. Nichol's regiment for six months
service in Galveston. At the expiration of this
term he joined the Second Battalion of Waul's
Texas Legion, enlisting for the war, which command
was a part of Gen. Sterling Price's division
in the Mississippi campaign, which ended with the
siege and fall of Vicksburg. After the surrender
and parole of Gen. Pemberton's army, he returned
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home, where he remained until exchanged, when
he again joined his command. The two battalions
were afterward consolidated into a regiment, designated
as "Timmon's Regiment," Col. B. Timmons
being in command after the promotion of Gen.
Waul. He remained with the army until the final
surrender, and then returned to his old home,
where he has since been engaged mainly in the
mercantile business and stock-raising. He was
once elected County Judge of Liberty County, and
has since refused to accept official position.
This gentleman, one of the leading citizens of
Navasota, president of the First National Bank of
that place, proprietor of the Navasota Cotton-Seed
Oil Mill, and a resident of Grimes County for forty
years, is a native of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany,
where he was born in 1832. At the age of
fifteen he came to Texas, his father having died and
his mother having come out the year previous to
find a home for herself and four children. Mr.
Schumacher reached Galveston, November 25,
1847, where his mother had established herself, and
there he at once went industriously to work to earn
his own support. He learned the carpenter's trade
and followed it as a journeyman until 1853. He
joined the Howard Association and devoted his
attention to nursing the sick during the visitations
of the yellow fever in 1853 and 1854. In 1855 he
moved to Anderson, Grimes County, being led to
this step by the condition of his wife's health, she
having been a sufferer from the fever and finally
dying at Anderson from the effects of the disease
several months after their removal at that place.
At Anderson Mr. Schumacher established a sash,
door and blind factory on a small scale, which he
conducted with fair success until the War put an
end to all operations of this sort. He entered the
Confederate army in 1861 as a member of the
Eighth Texas Infantry, Walker's Division, with
which he went to the front early in 1862. Before his
command was called on to do much active service
he was taken sick and was transferred to the
ordnance department at Anderson, where the most
of his services in behalf of the Confederacy were
rendered in the line of his trade as a wood-workman.
In December, 1865, he moved to Navasota,
which at that time was practically the terminus of
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/494/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .