“ CONFEDERATE VETERANS AT PETTUS"
(Beeville Weekly Picayune, 17 June 1915)
The little town of Pettus in Bee county was formed some 29 years ago
upon the completion of the S.A.&A.P. Ry., and since then has done
many generous and noble things, but never in its life has it
exceeded the affair of last Thursday when it welcomed the Karnes
County Camp of U. C. V., together with all old veterans of the war
of `61'65 in reach and call of her bugle of invitation. The weather
was ideal and by ten o'clock the generous hearted people of the
community were on hand with baskets and boxes of good things to eat
in addition to the four beeves and eight goats already barbecued,
but when two thousand visitors showed up, about 11 o'clock, the
committee began to get a little nervous about having enough to feed
the throng, but on a second call for baskets all nervousness was
allayed. "And they did all eat, and were filled' and they took up of
the fragments that remained twelve baskets full."
In all this vast throng only thirtyfive veterans could be found,
but they were the center of attraction and every one present from
the youngest child to the oldest inhabitant looked upon them as the
heroes of the occasion and did honor to their valor and heroism,.
Although the mists of time are blotting and blurring their mortal
visions and enfeebling their steps, yet when the band played a
martial strain their eyes brightened, their hearts thrilled, their
steps became firmer and their voices caught the echo of youth once
more and the old familiar yell filled the air.
Beeville's splendid band furnished the martial music of the day and
the MOSES String Band of Monteola made manv a young heart beat with
a rhythmic throb and carried the minds of many an old person present
back to the nights when with his sweetheart in his arms he kept step
to the same tunes m the long, long ago.
The good women of Pettus, Kenedy and Karnes City had not waited for
the day to come before preparing a beautiful, large battle flag to
be presented to the veterans on this occasion. In a most touching
and eloquent speech the Rev. A. Y. OLDS, Chaplain of Karnes County
Camp of U. C. V., in behalf of the ladies, presented the assembled
veterans the flag, and Captain L. C. TOBIN, the courtly commander of
the Camp, accepted the same in a neat speech, after which the
veterans standing at attention, Comrade W, W. SANSON gave the
regular military salute as gracefully as he could have done it in
the sixties, and they answered with the yell.
During the afternoon addresses were made to the veterans by C. I.
SWAN of Normanna and Rev. A, Y. OLDS of Karnes City. The crowd was
entertained during the day by baseball games between Mineral and
Karnes City teams, in which Mineral won, and between Pettus and
Kenedy, in which Pettus was victor.
It was your correspondent's pleasure to talk with most of the old
veterans present and especially with one in his 89th year. and he
was forcibly impressed with the broadness of mind and the
liberalness of the charity in the hearts of those who had gone
through the bitter struggles of the sixties.
Perhaps to H. DAHL. as much as to any other person, was the success
of the day due, for it was through him that the invitation was
extended to the Camp to meet at Pettus and when Mr. DAHL puts his
brain, brawn and pocket book all at work an a thing there is always
something doing, and we noticed that his sons and soninlaw were
"right there with the goods" to deliver. He was great enough to
insist to your correspondent that the greater part of the credit for
the success of the day should be given to the RAYs, ROBERTS.
COURTNEYs, McKINNEYs, COUPLANDs, PORTERs, PORTISes and a dozen other
families whose names he mentioned. He remarked: "You know I have the
best lot of neighbors in the world, anyway." Tears tilled the eyes
of the old veterans as they expressed their gratitude for the
pleasures of the day.
There being no regular place of registration, your correspondent
interviewed the following veterans present ( there were two who left
early in the day and he did not get their names):
Captain L. C, TOBIN. Karnes City, Co. A., 2nd South Carolina
Artillery; Commander of Karnes County Camp of U. C. V. No. 1307.
H. DAHL. Pettus. 7th Texas Cavalry, Company A.
W. W. SANSON, Kenedy, Texas, 19th Texas Infantry, Col WATERHOUSE
commanding. (Color Bearer for his Camp)
A. . BUTLER,. Caesar, Texas, Company K,, 2nd Texas Regiment, Cal,
T. J. LIVERGOOD, Kenedy, Andrew DAILY’s Cavalry, unattached.
J. C. HANSON, Kenedy, Company I., 3rd Mississippi Regiment, Army of
Tennessee. (Served under Joe JOHNSON)
S. S. BATES, Pettus, Company K,, 1st Georgia Regiment, Col. FANNIN,
Reserved Corps under Gen. HARDIE.
Michael FOX, Pettus, 1st Texas Cavalry, Col. BUCHELL.
Bob CUSTER, Karnes City, Company G., 16th Alabama, Col. WARD.
A. J. PRITCHARD, Karnes City, Pratt's Artillery, Texas (Served with
MARMADUKE's Division of PRICE's army in Missouri).
Nick LORENS, Cestohowa, Texas, BENAVIDES' Regiment
A. J. WILSON, Yoakum, Texas, Company A., Col. SHOALWATERS' Regiment.
V. YBARBO, Karnes City, TERRELL's 34th Texas Cavalry. (Served mostly
T. D. PRATHER, Kenedy, Company E., Capt. DAVIS. 53rd Alabama,
Colonel HARNAN. (Served with Joseph E. JOHNSON and Joe WHEELER, both
of whom he reveres. "Never heard either of them use a rough word.")
W. J. RUTLEDGE, Kenedy, Company C., 21st Texas Regiment, Col. HOPP.
C. W. RANDOLPH, Gillette, Karnes county, Texas, 23rd Texas, Col.
HOPP, Lieutenant; Col. SPALES, Major F. J. MALONE of Bee county.
John BURNS, Kenedy, Mississippi, Naval Reserves. (Remembers that the
first work they did was to go to Europe to get something to fight
L. MASSENGALE, Mineral, Texas. (We did not get his Regiment and
W. T. ROBERTS, Pettus, Captain SANDERS' Company, Col. SWEET's
Regiment, 15th Texas.
B. B. BURGESS, Normanna, Texas, Company G., Second Louisiana
Cavalry, Captain MORAN, (Served with Gen. Tom GREEN.)
J. D. JONES, Kenedy, Company H., 26th Virginia Cavalry, Col. J. B.
D. F. COUCH, Kenedy, 1st Arkansas Cavalry, Colonel CHURCHILL. (Was
wounded at Chicamaugo. Can tell some thrilling experiences.)
L. B. JONES, Kenedy, 17th Alabama Regiment, Colonel MURPHY.
Jim NICHOLS, Kenedy. (Served mostly on the Rio Grande. Served under
Col. FORD, who was one of the three men who escaped from the Fannin
massacre, in the thirties. FORD slipped away during the time the
Mexicans were holding council and they never caught him.)
E. J. SMITH, Beeville, Texas. (Served with MAXEY's Rangers.)
W. C. SMITH, Kames City. (Served with TERRY's Texas Rangers.)
H. A. SNOWDEN, Runge, Company I., 2nd Alabama Infantry; Colonel
J. A. INGRAM, Kenedy, Company K., 26th North Carolina, Col. Zebulan
VANCE, afterwards Gov. VANCE, (Was personally acquainted with VANCE
and knows he was a fine man.)
J. N. SLIGAR, Normanna, Company C., 5th Tennessee Cavalry, ASHLEY's
Division. (Served with Albert Sidney JOHNSTON.)
J. W. DICKERSON, Caesar, Texas, 40th Mississippi Infantry, Company
W. B. ROBERTS, Normanna, 23rd Cavalry, Col. HOPP, Lieutenant and
Col. SPALES, Major F. J. MALONE of Bee County. ("Was as fine a man
as ever lived.")
L. D. ATKINS, Cadiz, Company K., Captain KINNEY, 21st Texas Cavalry,
Col. CARTER. PARSON's Brigade, PRICE's Division. (Fought mostly in
J. W. ROBINSON, Normanna, Company K., Captain KINNEY, 21st Texas
Cavalry, Col. PARKS, PARSON's Brigade, PRICE's Division. (Fought
mostly in Missouri. Was a messmate of L. D. ATKINS.)