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[Private Robert Cotter, Confederate States Army] :: Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
Private Robert Cotter, CSA, ca 1861-1865; 16th Texas Inf, 1st Texas Mounted Rifles, 13th Texas Dismounted Cavalry, wears a RARE TEXAS STAR belt plate; he was a TX ranger, involved with Battle of Washita and fought with John Salmon Ford in the 1850's- part of Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs--part of the Collection of Civil War and military CDVs/portraits at DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
John Salmon Ford, better known as "Rip" Ford, was a member of the Republic of Texas Congress. He was also a Texas Ranger, a Confederate colonel, and a journalist. Ford commanded men during the Antelope Hills Expedition and he later commanded the Confederate forces in the last engagement of the American Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch. It was a Confederate victory, but as it occurred more than a month after Robert E. Lee's surrender it had no effect on the outcome of the war.
Many of the pioneer women of the 1800's practiced "Granny Medicine". It was a strange mix of superstition, religious fervor and simple ignorance. The women, though, practiced it with great faith and not for financial gain. Some of the treatments actually brought relief, especially the herb teas, but mostly they were little better than a rabbit's foot or a four leaf clover. The biggest problem with the "Granny Remedies", was the delay of proper medical attention.