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David Henry Hamilton:In his book, "History of Company M First Texas Volunteer Infantry" (1924), he gives a good description of his activities and experiences in the Civil War.Without a single injury, he returned to Sumpter on May 25, 1865.
(Source:Trinity County Beginnings, pg. 411)
A quote from his book:
From this county (Trinity Co., Tx.) with a population of about 3,000 people, there were organized three large companies of soldiers who went to fight for the Confederate States.Besides those enlisting in these three companies, many enlisted in organizations in other sections of the state.The three companies raised in the county were known as Tullos Company, Kirksey Company, and Company M.It is of interest to know that more men enlisted from Trinity County than there were voters within the county.Almost all the men and boys above eighteen years of age and under sixty were in the service.No record of these companies can now be found except that of company M.This company served in Hood's Brigade.Company M. was organized at Sumpter, the county seat of Trinity County, in the year 1862.It was composed of 120 men, about half of whom were between seventeen and twenty one years of age.This company was drilled in the maneuvers of warfare on the court house square at Sumpter in day time and spent the evenings attending balls and entertainments given by the citizens for their pleasure.On the night of May 4, 1862, the citizens gave the Company a grand ball at which the boys danced all night and pledged themselves never to dance again until the Southern Confederacy was established; and the following afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, to the music of the violin and with great joy, the march was begun toward the front.
Company M, which went out from Sumpter, Trinity County, May 5, 1862, with such enthusiasm, received its baptism of fire in all the bloody conflicts in which Hood's Brigade participated.Out of the 120 men and boys that enlisted, only six were present at the surrender at Appomattox.These were Sam Watson, Willoughby Tullos, Sam Stubblefield, John Wilson, Epriam Dial, and David H. Hamilton.Not an officer of the company survived.Captain Ballinger had become disabled by disease and had been discharged.He returned home and died at Waco, Texas.Thomas Sandford, first lieutenant, was killed at Sharpsburg, Dr. William Cecil, second lieutenant, was killed at Knoxville, Tenn. George Wagnon died of measles at Jackson, Mississippi.
A small number of the company returned home maimed for life from the battle front, while some were in Federal prisons.The rest of Company M slept in soldier's graves.The other two companies organized in the county did not suffer such a great mortality as did Company M, but gave a good account of themselves.
Source:A History of Trinity County, Texas, 1827 - 1928,by Flora G. Bowles
(Not published until 1966)
In the same book, A History of Trinity County, Texas, Mrs. Bowles quotes from a newspaper article by D. H. Hamilton as follows:
The Honorable David H. Hamilton, a respected citizen of Trinity County since 1853, says in the Trinity County News of October 7, 1927, speaking of the wild life of the county at that early day:"It is probably not safe to enter upon a discussion of the hunting and fishing possibilities of that early day.The Nimrod and angler of this day would be apt to think a description of the paradise that existed at this early time merely the result of an over worked imagination, if not downright prevarication.The forests were literally filled with all kinds of game, deer, bear, panthers, wolves, bob-cats - in fact every thing that one would care to hunt for either pelt, fur or food.The streams were filled with fish the mere mention of which makes one long for the good old days again."Then he facetiously says:"If one were to attempt to describe the large catches of fish from the streams of that day it would tax the credulity of the modern mind:In fact it would take two or three able bodied men to believe these fish stories.It has always been dangerous to any man's reputation for veracity to indulge himself in fish stories.So it seems needful to make a period here."
Source:A History of Trinity County, Texas 1827 - 1928, by Flora G. Bowles