My father told me that my g.grandfather Joshua D. Coffee said since Frank Colbert was a Mason, he would never ask you to do something that he would not be willing to do himself.
Brig. Gen. Albert Pike was one of the great Masons and after the WBTS, he devoted the rest of his life to Masonry. Pike is the only Confederate who has a statue in Washington, D.C. In 1863, Maj. Gen. Hindman in Arkansas had Pike arrested and placed in temporary custody at the Warren Supply Depot in Fannin County. The charge made by fellow officers was that he was either he was insane or disloyal. Pike was later cleared of all charges. The insanity charge was because Pike insisted that a federal invasion of North Texas was going to be from Fort Scott Kansas and Fort Smith Arkansas and would follow the Texas Roads to Rock Bluff Ferry and Colbert's Ferry. Even after Fort McCulloch was abandoned, a federal invasion of North Texas never materialized. General Grant and General Sheridan was afraid of Texas and what that part of the Confederacy could bring against them. Federal field commanders such as Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele were instructed to invade Louisiana and isolate Texas.
Confederate troops passing the Colbert plantation on the Texas Road enroute to Fort McCulloch and battlefields in Indian Territory were treated to good food as long as it lasted.