Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tuesday, December 17th, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven left for Galveston. I am engaged in tacking upon canvass on my new house, which is progressing slowly. weather clear and very warm for the season of the year.

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  1. 150 years ago today . . . on the 17th day of December in 1861 . . . Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Terry was killed near Woodsonville, Kentucky, in the first Civil War battle fought by Terry's Texas Rangers (which ended in a Confederate victory). Terry was organizer and first commander of the Eighth Texas Cavalry (Terry's Texas Rangers). His body was sent by train to Nashville, Tennessee, where the legislature adjourned and joined in a procession escorting the remains to be held in state at the Tennessee Capitol. The body lay in state in New Orleans and then Houston, where the funeral procession was described as "the most imposing ever seen in this state." Governor Lubbock lauded Terry in the state Senate: "no braver man ever lived-no truer patriot ever died." Terry County was later named in his honor. J.M. Hall mentions Terry's final journey home in the Journal on the 28th day of December. [Terry's findagrave memorial page]

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