Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains

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Brush Battalion recruits

Madison Freeman Price and John M. Price

of  Smith County, Texas

 

Deserters of Hubbard's Texas 22d Infantry, Company I, who enrolled November 6, 1863 in Collin County TX

then was mustered  in Fannin County TX into the Confederate Brush Battalion before Madison Freeman

Price had written a December 13, 1863 letter to his wife implying that he was in Louisiana.

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Furthermore, this Madison Freeman Price was the "M.F. Price" found in

an 1864 Wise County TX militia.  

 

KEY.  Read the scribbles at the bottom of the Dec 12, 1863 CSRs on the left then compare with the name on the top line.

The following two entries are from my 200-page Name Index of my 1,046-page book. 

PRICE

 

Madison Freeman Price, b-1836 Benton Co AL, son of Alsista A. Autrey and Sterling R. Price; m-1858 Smith Co TX to Christiana Jane Venable, dau of Mary Ann Evans and Andrew Venable, 2 ch; arrived 1848 Smith Co TX; he was probably the M.F. Price in an 1864 Wise Co TX militia (Hubbard's 22d Infantry, Co I; Brush Battalion, CSA), A-337, A-345

 

John M. Price, b-1828 Perry Co AL; son of Alsista A. Autrey and Sterling R. Price; m-1854 Smith Co TX to Sarah A. Adams, dau of Edwin and Martha Adams; arrived 1848 Smith Co TX; member of Indian Creek Baptist Church (Hubbard's 22d Infantry, Co I; Brush Battalion, CSA), A-346

 

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This Dec 13, 1863 letter, credits below, plus the following web pages cites letters that M.F. Price wrote:

 

 December 13, 1863
Shreveport, LA

Dear wife

I this morning write you lines to inform you where I am and how I am.  I am well and hardy at this time hoping these few lines will find you injoying [sic] the same blessing.  Jane, I was brought here hand cuffed but the post commander has taken them off.  I think that we will be taken out of the guard house in a few days.  We was treated like gentlemen since we left Tyler but I can't tell where we will go to get to McCulloch or Hubbards I want you to have all my meat hogs killed but just a nuff [sic] to make my meat another year.  Leave the best ones for another year.  Keep plenty to do you and sell the balance.  I will write you what to do with the money [in] the next letter.  Take good care of yourself and the little babes and don't forget to prey [sic].  Prayers is the life of the Christian.  Jane, don't be uneasy about me for I am not all the one there is in the guard house.  There is a great many others in here.  We are well seen about.  I want you to hire you a Negro if you possibly can.  I have nothing more of importance to write.  Prey [sic] for me and I will for you.  Direct one letter here.  I your true husband until death.

 M.F.                                                       M.F. Price to wife

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http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/military/civilwar/letters/mfprice.txt

 

http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/families/feathrstn/price.html

 

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~famlytre/Appendix.htm

 

PRICE, Madison Freeman ~brother of Salena Price White, John M. Price and Nancy Price Clay, all members of Indian Creek.  Died apparently in Civil War.  Freeman's numerous letters to his wife while he was in the Confederate army suggest that he was reared in a devoutly Christian home.  In a letter dated 07 Jan 1863, he wrote, "I pray god's blessing upon you all.  I trust and pray that god will shield you from all harm and danger and pray god that we may all meet again one time more in this world."  Freeman then professed a "heep [sic] of confidence" in the "brethren of Indian Creek Church."

 

References

 

Madison Freeman Price's final letter was published in East Texas Family Records, 28:1, Spring 2004 (submitted by Mary Love Berryman and Rick Featherston, Tyler, TX)

 

Permission to publish these web page addresses, and information,  given by the webmaster.

 

M. F. Price

F.M. Price

 John M. Price

J.M. Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We should be embarrassed that so many books have been written about Quantrill in North

Texas with no mention of the brush battalion, the men in the bush, the Brush Battalion, nor

Bourland. Quantrill was hired to flush out the men in the bush (many of whom were from

Wood, VanZandt, Kaufman, and Smith Counties.)

.Please understand that I use the term "Confederate Brush Battalion" for those 496 men, who

enrolled in the CSA on Nov 6, 1863 in Collin County. Others use the term "Brush Battalion"

for the 496 men, who enrolled in the CSA on Nov 6, 1863. Remember there were about

2,000 men hiding out in the creek bottoms who were called the brush battalion. "Upper case

term vs. lower case term" doesn't quite measure up.

We should be embarrassed that so many books have been written about Quantrill in North

Texas with no mention of the brush battalion, the men in the bush, the Brush Battalion, nor

Bourland. Quantrill was hired to flush out the men in the bush (many of whom were from

Wood, VanZandt, Kaufman, and Smith Counties.)

.Please understand that I use the term "Confederate Brush Battalion" for those 496 men, who

enrolled in the CSA on Nov 6, 1863 in Collin County. Others use the term "Brush Battalion"

for the 496 men, who enrolled in the CSA on Nov 6, 1863. Remember there were about 2,000

men hiding out in the creek bottoms who were called the brush battalion. "Upper case term vs.

lower case term" doesn't quite measure up.

 

 

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