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A Richmond Lady Meets a Texan

Today, while looking for some WBTS related material in the now-defunct Anderson (S.C.) Intellignecer, I found an article by William F. Lee, who was a Confederate veteran of Company D/Hampton Legion. Ong after the war he wrote a regular column in this paper, with some article on his Confederate experiences, and many others on contemporary political issues. He sided with the Conservative Democrats in the bitter struggle with the Agrarians. (I'm getting around to Texas, it just takes a while!) Referring to high taxes on railroads and banks, he wrote,

"..... To hear some folks talk about those railroad corporations and large banking institutions, you would think they were composed of some great something; they don't know what, but if you will go to the trouble to hunt up one of them, they would be just like Jim Howard [James F. Howard] (a jovial, good-natured sort of boy who belonged to our company in the late war) said an old lady in Richmond thought of a Texan after she had seen one. Jim said the old lady in question wanted to see a Texan soldier. She had heard so much talk of them that she had a great curiosity in seeing one of the monsters or whatever they were. So Jim got one of the Texas boys to go with him so that he could let the old lady see what sort of a looking thing a Texan was (we were in the Texas Brigade at the time), and on presenting the fellow to her, she adjusted her specs, and scanned him from ehad to toe, and said she didn't see anything remarkable about him -- that he looked just like any other mam, except that some of them, perhaps, was [sic] not as good looking as he was; but altogether she was not looking for that sort of a looking being. ....." Squire Fewell [William F. Lee], "Piedmont Chronicles," Anderson Intelligencer, 22 Feb 1893, p. 2, c. 4.

This would have been occurred soemtime between the first of July and mid-August, 1862, after the Texans had desrervedly gained such a reputation for their breakthrough at Gaines Mill. Howard was a member of the Legion Band, and as such probably had a little freeer rein than most men of the brigade, who were encamped outside of the city near Mechanicsville during this time period. To borrow Daniel Harvey Hill's phrase, Howard was not only a "tooter" but also a "shooter;" he was killed in action at Samaria Church 24 Jun 64. The identity of the Texan is unknown.