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From: Toby Turner <>
Subject: [17TH-TX-CAVALRY] 17TH-TX-CAVALRY
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:18:25 -0600
Ronald is really right about the research center at Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches. I realized after I posted that I'd forgotten to indicate the pieces from The Redland Herald came from there (via an email request and payment).
When I was there (a long time ago), I noted another collection of letters from Laurence Taylor to his father, Charles S. Taylor. In those days I didn't take copious notes on everything, so only noted the letters which referred to my ancestor. Consequently, I have no further information on these letters or who might be mentioned in them. Nor did I look at any other letters in the library's collection. I found the Taylor letters through a cross reference system in which I found my ancestor's name.
Ronald, I would be interested in learning about any other letters from men of the 17th. I am a big believer in reading what the men who actually fought in the war had to say . . . . especially close to the time of their service. My very-much-older sister remembers our grandfather in the 1930s, writing me the following: "Grandpa was thin and frail and dressed all in black with a long white beard. He looked exactly like all the pictures you see of old Confederate veterans. He didn't say much, but he told Ann and I that the things we were being taught in school about Lincoln and the Civil War were not true. Of course, they did not refer to the Civil War, but to the War Between the States." He'd served in Co K, Georgia State Line as a 17-year-old boy.