Joe William H. Kilpartick & David Hook Williams
Navarro County, Texas


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Joe William H. Kilpartick

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David Hook William

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Grange Hall Cemetery

Life was very hard for families while their men were at war but as all Southerners they made do with what they had. As one family records in the Navarro County History Book; the war was in full swing at the time David Hook Williams left his family to fight for the Confederacy.
His wife Catherine was left alone with five children to take care of.
This she did along with the farm and house. We can imagine it must have been very hard for her during those bleak days of the war but like all southern women, she did what she had to do. David had been captured at the battle Knoxville and was a prisoner at Rock Island, Illinois until he took his oath of allegiance and came home in June 1865. In the year of 1870 David Hook Williams helped to organize a wagon train that included many families of Meridian. This train would take them to land of opportunity, Texas. They left in November of 1870 and arrived in Corsicana after 6 weeks of hardship on the road. After arriving in Texas, the families settled down to the usual farm life routine of Cryer Creek, Kelm and Grange Hall.
Catherine Williams was the mother-in-law of Joe W. H. Kilpatrick who also served in the same Co K, 13th MS Inf Regiment along with David Hook Williams. This unit which completed its organization at Corinth, MS, in May 1861 had its members raised in several counties including Lauderdale. Ordered to Virginia it saw action at First Manassas and Leesburg. The unit was brigaded under Generals Griffith, Barksdale, and Humphreys, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought with the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor except when it was with Longstreet at Chickamauga and Knoxville. After participating in Early's operations in the Shenandoah Valley, the 13th shared in various conflicts around Appomattox and surrendered on April 9, 1865.



D. H. Williams, Ninety-one Years Old, Wounded at Gettysburg.

Mr. D. H. Williams of Barry was in town today. He is ninety-one years old, but doesn’t look it by a quarter of a century. He is active in body and his mind is perfectly clear.

Mr. Williams is a Confederate veteran and saw much service in the war. He was wounded three times but only one of these wounds, he says, was serious. He was in twenty-feet of the man who shot him down at Gettysburg. This occurred about noon on July 3rd, 1863. About the same hour that night he regained consciousness and left the battlefield. The other wounded had been carried away, he being left for dead. Mr. Williams said that his brother was told by a comrade who was standing by him when he received the wound, that he “never saw a man killed deader,” meaning that to the comrade death seemed to have come the instant the bullet struck him. Mr. Williams’ brother spent the night looking for him and just at daylight ran face to face with a squad of Federal soldiers. He fled and although not less than forty shots were fired at him he escaped injury.


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