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Re: Enigmas, missing pieces and orphan information


Thanks-Many of the Corps wound up spread from Corpus Christi (Indianola) to Brownsville, which was the closest to Brazos. The Southern Coast/Mexican border was the most volatile and vulnerable. There were large Confederate ranches on both sides of the border, and there was even a large Confederate community across from El Paso, in Juarez, Mexico. There are many areas I am trying to flesh out details of. At this point, it seems as though the largest numbers were sent to Brownsville- One of the problems with the research, besides the fact that Texas is for all intents and purposes a Confederate state-much of the coastline has been reshaped periodically by natural disasters-hurricanes and floods especially. Indianola is gone, as is Baghdad. Brazos Santiago is barren. Even the disposition of the graves is uncertain. Some seem to have been moved at least three times. (as an example-I have documentation of burials moved from Fort Ringold, Brazos and other sites to Brownsville-and from there to San Antonio. Many burials seem to have been missed when the forts were first decommissioned-and burials are still showing up. In fact, just this summer a number of USCT burials were uncovered at Fort McKavett that no one knew were there.

The area above Brownsville/Brazos was prime Confederate country, the Gulf was a focus for blockading efforts-and the new home of the Confederate capitol was being set up near there-In fact it is where Jeff D. was trying to escape to when captured in his "petticoats", as it were. That Confederate spirit is still strong. A few months ago, I met a local plumber whose great grandparents were the founders of White's Ranch-and their inlaws were at Palmetto. In fact, I'm waiting to hear from his grandmother about her family history. (They have no inkling of my allegiances-but are fit to bust proud of their own.)

Another problem is the shift in responsibility/department. It had been part of the Gulf-then was shifted to Texas. There were division records at both Galveston and New Orleans. But it is just amazing how much duplicated material has "evaporated". I knew some of what you told me, but actually haven't had time to get as deep in the Chester material as I want to-so didn't know that piece. Thank you, so much. I appreciate the help. I really think it is so important to get this information out!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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