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Letter of Major William Armstrong

Chickasaw Agency
Oct. 6th, 1846

My dear sir,

are you at home or not? If you are, do write to me. On the first day of this month about breakfast time, Col. Holland Coffee went to the store of Mr. James Galloway at Preston in Texas, where Mr. C. A. Galloway was in and called him out. Coffee had a double barrell shotgun loaded with buckshot, a six shooting revolver, a large single barrell pistol, a Bowie knife and a Bois d'Arc stick. Galloway came to the door and Coffee knocked him down and then got under him by the head and commenced operations to kill. Galloway got out his knife in this situation and struck upwards; he made three licks in that situation and each lick was a mortal one. Coffee fell off Galloway dead, and so was his grip that he carried Galloway with him. Galloway not much hurt.
Coffee nor Galloway never spoke after they got together. When Coffee called out, Galloway said, Yes Sir". Those were all the words that were spoken. Coffee had said that he would kill Galloway whenever he could find him off the reservation.

Very respectfully
Your friend and etc.
A. M. Upsahw
Maj. Wm. Armstrong

Tomb of Holland Coffee
Killed by Charles A. Galloway, who is said to have been a nephew-in-law of Coffee.
The bricks for this tomb were made on the plantation by Coffee's slaves.


An Illustrated History of Grayson County, Texas
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