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CONFEDERATE GENERAL William R. "Dirty Neck Bill" Scurry 1821-1864

Charles G. Anderson

ISBN 10: 1881825256 / ISBN 13: 9781881825258
Editorial: Snyder Publishing Company, TX, 1999, 1999
Condición: As New Encuadernación de tapa dura
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238 pages, oversize, maps, photos, chronology, biblio, index, Like New Hardcover First edition in Dust jacket. N° de ref. de la librería CC1145

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Título: CONFEDERATE GENERAL William R. "Dirty Neck ...

Editorial: Snyder Publishing Company, TX, 1999

Año de publicación: 1999

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:As New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New

Edición: 1st Edition

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Gallatin, Tennessee, the birthplace of Bill Scurry was rich in history. Many of the men and women who moved to Texas after the War of 1812 made names for themselves in Texas history. Scurry’s father, Thomas Scurry, fought alongside General Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston during the War of 1812. Scurry’s brother, Richardson, was in Texas as early as 1836 when he fought at the Battle of San Jacinto with Sam Houston. Bill Scurry was younger than Houston, and both of them had their roots in Tennessee. When Scurry came to Texas, about 1840, he became involved in politics and he and Houston were often bitter enemies. Houston had once called him "Dirty Neck Bill," or some say, "Dirty Shirt Bill" when he made political speeches.

William Scurry left his law practice in 1846 and served in the 2nd Texas Mounted Volunteers with Colonel George T. Wood in the War with Mexico. He often wrote to his fifteen year old sweetheart and told her how near he came to death and how he missed her. Returning home, Scurry married Jannette Sutton. He was a Texas legislator and he owned a newspaper in Austin. Both of these brought him at odds with Houston.

When the vote was taken to join the Confederacy before the Civil War, Houston was serving as Governor of Texas. Scurry voted for secession and Houston had only seven legislators to side with him in voting their opposition to joining the Confederacy. A short time later, Houston went to his office and found Lt. Governor Edward Clark sitting in his chair. Houston walked away, but his warning of the great casualties of the war came true. Scurry was one of them. Houston died on July 26, 1863 after giving up politics His own son served in the war for the Confederacy. Scurry led gallantly in battles in the New Mexico, Galveston, and later in the Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins’ Ferry battles in Louisiana and Arkansas. Scurry was killed at Jenkins’ Ferry, Arkansas on April 30, 1864. He was buried with full honors at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. His wife and six children, one born after he left for war in the South, sat nearby as Lt. Governor Stockdale gave the funeral oration.

As Scurry led his men across the Saline River, he fell mortally wounded. He asked his men. "Have we whipped them?" Upon being answered in the affirmative, he said. "Take me to a house where I can be made comfortable and die easy."

Scurry is a book with good references, index, and photos and documents and photos never before published.


"Historian Charles G. Anderson knows ‘Dirty Neck Bill’ Scurry more intimately than anyone - - even Sam Houston who neck – named him." -- Kent Biffle – Dallas Morning News

Charles Anderson has the ability to write in a way that is entertaining as well as historical. -- John C. Stevens, PhD. Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of History Abilene Christian University

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