Letter Written By Thomas Tolson Gordon
the War Between The States, many a young man just sort of gave up and
totally left the country. Most of them went to South America, like Tom
did to Brazil, South America. Perhaps the only difference is that Tom
came back and wrote about it in his memoirs. This was written by Tom,
but we don't know if it was to anyone in particular, or just everyone
in general within the family. You have to remember, Tom's immediate
family was rapidly dwindling. All three of his daughter were dead by
1910. Leaving him with two sons, neither of which had issue. Of course,
by the time of his death he wouldn't have know this.
"The Memoirs Of A Southern Soldier Boy"
We know that James Buchanan was President from 1857 - 1861. Tom mentions meeting him in Washington. We also know that he met Sam Houston on the train, and Sam Houston died in 1863. So.... I think he was writing about a time that happened between 1858 and 1865 when the War was over.