The Tragic Conflict: The Civil War and Reconstruction

By William B. Hesseltine | Go to book overview
Save to active project

10
A Texan in Search of a Fight John C. West

Left Waco, Texas on the morning of April 11, 1863; bid adieu to my dear little Stark and Mary at home; said good-bye to my sweet wife at the ferry- boat landing (at the foot of Bridge Street). Nothing of interest occurred on the way to Springfield (about forty miles east of Waco); saw two or three prairie chickens and a green sportsman trying to kill one; saw at Springfield, as I had left at Waco, a good many stout, able-bodied patriots, who somehow kept out of the service; stopped at McCracken's, fifteen miles east of Springfield, for the night; found Mr. McCracken a strong Houston man and would vote for him for governor if he "had to be hauled to the polls in a wagon."

I fear there are too many of this kind, and others worse, who will elect Houston if he runs. His election will be an invitation to Yankee invasion. However honest he may be in his devotion to the South, the North would regard his election as an endorsement of his past action.

April 12th. Left McCracken's at 3 o'clock in the morning. It is my birthday. I am 20 years old today Sunday). Reached Fairfield (70 miles east of Waco)...

Palestine, April 13th... We discovered here some defect in our transportation tickets, and will have to pay our way to Rusk. It will be just my luck to have to pay all the way to Richmond, Va. I have already paid out since the war commenced five times as much for the privilege of serving in the ranks as the government has paid me, but I am perfectly willing to give all I have if the sacrifice will aid my country in achieving its liberty.

April 14th. Left Palestine about 5 o'clock A.M., in a two-horse wagon;

JOHN C. WEST, Texan in Search of a Fight ( Waco, Tex., 1901), pp. 1-60. Like Charles B. Johnson of Illinois, John West waited until the first flush of enthusiasm for combat had passed and the war's seriousness had become apparent. Only when it was apparent that the Confederacy desperately needed his services did he volunteer. Extracts from his poorly printed diary furnish glimpses of the impact of war on Texas, and bear testimony to his determination to make his way to the battlefront.

-179-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Tragic Conflict: The Civil War and Reconstruction
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 528

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?