Moss Bluff Rebel: A Texas Pioneer In the Civil War

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Texas A&M University Press, 2009 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 233 pages
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So wrote Texas pioneer cattle drover William Berry Duncan in his March 1862 diary entry, the day he joined the Confederate Army. Despite his misgivings, Duncan left his prosperous business to lead neighbors and fellow volunteers as commanding officer of cavalry Company F of Spaight's Eleventh Battalion that later became the 21st Texas Infantry in America's Civil War.
Philip Caudill's rich account, drawn from Duncan's previously untapped diaries and letters written by candlelight on the Gulf Coast cattle trail to New Orleans, in Confederate Army camps, and on his southeast Texas farm after the war, reveals the personable Duncan as a man of steadfast integrity and extraordinary leadership. After the war, he returned to his home in Liberty County and battled for survival on the chaotic Reconstruction-era Texas frontier.
Supplemented by archival records and complementary accounts, "Moss Bluff Rebel" paints a picture of everyday life for the Anglo-Texans who settled the Mexican land grants in the early nineteenth century and subsequently became citizens of the proudly independent Texas Republic. The carefully crafted narrative goes on to reveal the wartime emotions of a reluctant Confederate officer and his postwar struggles to reinvent the lifestyle he knew before the war, a way of life he sensed was lost forever.
"Moss Bluff Rebel" will appeal to history lovers of all ages attracted to the drama of the Civil War period and the men and women who shaped the Texas frontier.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Pioneer
1
Chapter 2 Character
11
Chapter 3 Adjustment
22
Chapter 4 Duty
28
Chapter 5 Disgust
36
Chapter 6 Morale
41
Chapter 7 Mumps
47
Chapter 8 Oysters
53
Chapter 15 Texas
100
Chapter 16 Spindletop
108
Chapter 17 Collapse
113
Chapter 18 Resolve
117
Chapter 19 Surrender
122
Chapter 21 Struggle
138
Chapter 22 Progress
148
Chapter 23 Rest
157

Chapter 9 Louisiana
58
Chapter 10 Insurance
63
Chapter 11 Escape
71
Chapter 12 Mission
78
Chapter 13 Amnesty
84
Chapter 14 Disguise
92
Epilogue
163
Notes
167
Bibliography
187
Index
203
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PHILIP CAUDILL is an adjunct professor of Texas history at Lone Star College - Montgomery in The Woodlands, Texas. He holds a Master of Arts in History from Sam Houston State University as well as Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, which has named him a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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