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May 21, 1861: The Confederate Congress meets for the last time in Montgomery. Montgomery served as capital for just three months, from February to May 1861. After Virginia joined the Confederacy in April 1861, leaders urged the move to the larger city of Richmond, which was closer to the military action.
The Second Neck Wound Killed Him
Confederate General John Gregg died October 7th 1864 during the Siege of Petersburg. During the Battle of Chickamauga Gregg was wounded in the neck. After recovering he was placed in command of Hood’s Texas Brigade, a part of the Army of Northern Virginia. During the Siege of Petersburg, Gregg was shot a second time in the neck and killed along the Charles City road near Richmond, Virginia, while leading a counterattack on October 7th 1864.
Sgt William H. Barnes born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, was a 23 year old farmer when he enlisted in the Union Army on Feb. 11, 1864. Only a few months after his enlistment, the morning of Sept. 29th, 1864 found Private Barnes on the outskirts of Richmond, VA. His regiment, the 38th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), along with the 4th, 5th, 6th and 36th USCT were about to lead an attack on seasoned and entrenched Confederate soldiers, including five infantry regiments from the Texas Brigade . . .
Handy, Robert Eden
Robert Eden Handy came to Texas in 1834 from Pennsylvania. A real estate developer, Handy first settled in San Augustine and later founded the town of Richmond. In 1835 he joined the Texan army, and in March 1836 Sam Houston sent him with Henry Karnes and "Deaf" Smith from Gonzalez to investigate rumors that the Alamo had fallen. On the road to San Antonio, the trio met Alamo survivors, and from them learned of the Alamo battle. Oil on canvas, 19th Century, unknown artist.
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Francis R. Lubbock - elected governor of Texas in 1861 by only 124 votes. As governor he staunchly supported the Confederacy. In 1864 traveled to Richmond where he became aide-de-camp to Jefferson Davis. At the end of the war Lubbock fled Richmond with Davis and was captured with him by federal authorities in Georgia. He was imprisoned and kept in solitary confinement for 8 months before being paroled.
Bodiddle's - My grandfather liked to stop into this "grocery store" on occasion. As I was often his charge, I skipped into this legendary establishment behind him. I don't remember the grocery part, but I do remember bar stools, ice cold root beers (and beers) with tissue papers wrapped around them! "Bodiddle's Grocery on Hwy. 288 around 1959, near 332 where cloverleaf highway is now in Freeport, Texas - COPYRIGHT INFORMATION ~ Image courtesy of the Brazoria County Historical Museum."