CIVIL WAR LETTERS
Watson and John Lindsey Watson
1861 - September 1864
by Marylee Watson Knight
**Please note that these letters are typed exactly as they are written in the letters.**
Watson and John Lindsey Watson were the first two children known to have been
born to William and Nancy Barcenia (Lindsey) Watson who lived in the Holland
Quarters Community of Panola County, on land granted to Nancy’s mother
Catherine Lindsey when she migrated to Texas in the spring of 1836.
Neither Henry nor John married before they enlisted in the Confederate
(born ca 1839) enlisted as a Private in Company F, 10th Texas Calvary
(Locke's Regiment) on September 25, 1861 in Quitman, TX.
He served honorably and was discharged, but never returned home.
As he had written letters home under the adverse conditions of war, it
stands to reason that, if he had not died after mustering out of the army, he
would certainly have written to his family in the years to follow.
Many soldiers died of sickness or wounds as they tried to make their way
back to their homes. Many were
killed by highwaymen, looking to rob them of money or possessions.
(born ca 1843) enlisted as a Private in Company A, 7th Texas Infantry
on March 29, 1862 at Caldwell, Burleson County, TX.
There are two versions of his death.
Both versions say he died of smallpox.
However, the prevailing one told by his nephew and nieces who lived in
Panola County is that, when John became ill, the family arranged for him to come
home to receive medical care. Despite
the best efforts of his family, he died and is buried in Old Macedonia Cemetery.
Since the Watson and Lindsey family graves were simply marked with wooden
devices, long since destroyed by the elements, there is no proof of his burial
there. The other version is that
John died in camp at Little Rock, AR on January 17, 1863.
To date no official record has been found to substantiate that version.
and John both wrote frequent letters to their family back in Panola County,
several of which are still in existence. The
spelling of words in this transcription is exactly as it appears in the original
letters. The following is a list of fellow soldiers they mentioned in