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Subject: Re: [17TH-TX-CAVALRY] More Information on 17th
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 17:06:15 -0600
Where is Randy's site?
Quoting LL <>:
> Where could I view a copy of those letters? Of E.H. Crow of Smith County.
> I never thought about letters before. They were a lively bunch Co. C I'm
> sure. I wish there was a bio on them all somewhere. So hard to find all of
> the information at one place. Randy in Texas does a great job though. He
> was one of the first to put as much as he could online. I use that site all
> the time as well.
> Thanks LL
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Toby Turner" <>
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> Subject: [17TH-TX-CAVALRY] More Information on 17th
>> I had two direct ancestors who were in this unit. However, at least one of
>> them managed to escape imprisonment at the fall of Arkansas Post. The book
>> referenced refers only to the unit as it was organized after the fall and
>> the men were released to fight in other states. Not all of the men in the
>> 17th did so. How I determined this is that I managed to get hold of a copy
>> of a book published in 1912 which included the reminiscences of a number of
>> men who fought in the Civil War (the book is in the Rice Un
>> iversity Library in Houston). Try a WordCat search to see if it's in a
>> library near you. A. C. Swinburn responded to Ms. Yeary with several
>> paragraphs explaining how he'd escaped with many in his company and where
>> he'd served (in Louisiana under Polignac). Although the book doesn't
>> concentrate on the 17th, I found it a godsend.
>> Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865
>> Mamie Yeary, Smith & Lamar: Dallas, 1912
>> Two other sources are: "A Smith County Confederate Writes Home: the
>> Letters of E. H. Crow," Smith County (TX) Chronicles, vol. 4, no. 2, Fall
>> 1965 - Crow was in Company C and wrote poignant letters to his wife.
>> "The Letters of Lt. Flavius W. Perry 17th Texas Cavalry, 1862-63," from
>> Joe R. Wise's Military History of Texas and the Southwest, vol. XIII, No.
>> 2, pages 11-37.
>> I especially find the "own-words" of soldiers to be very illuminating . .
>> . even if they don't specifically mention one of my ancestors because they
>> were there.
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