Huntsville: A Story of Post Civil War Texas HTML version

A Novel of Post Civil War Texas
Copyright © 2013 Glynn Rogers
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This story is dedicated to the loving memory of Carol Lynn
Rogers and Matthew Layne Rogers, two of my dear children who the
Lord has called home. They were both taken in mid- life, and their
passing has left a great hole in my heart.
Huntsville, Texas was founded in 1835 by Pleasant and Ephraim
Gray as an Indian trading post, and the town was named for
Huntsville, Alabama, former home of the Gray family. The post was
ideally situated for trade with the Bidai, Alabama and Coushatta
Indians who inhabited the region. Relations between these tribes and
the early white settlers appears to have been peaceful. As trade along
the Trinity River grew, and colonists arrived to exploit the timber
and rich soil of the bottom lands, Huntsville became the center of
increasing commercial activity. When the Civil War began in 1861,
the population had grown to about 1,000 souls.
Huntsville is an historical novel. The story begins in 1874 -- nine
years after Lee's Surrender -- and the action takes place in and
around this small southeast Texas town. Most, but not all, of the
characters, places and incidents portrayed are fictional, and these
have been woven into the fabric of history in such a way that,
hopefully, the reader will find it entertaining.
Most of the factual information about the town of Huntsville,
Texas during the post Civil War period, was taken from a collection
of personal accounts that were assembled into a book called The
History of Huntsville and Walker County. Some facts were gleaned
from The Handbook of Texas O nline. The Eutaw House and Gibbs
General Store mentioned in the tale actually existed during this
period, and were located on opposite corners of Cedar and Jackson
Streets at the court house square as the story indicates. Creath's
saddlery and Hume's blacksmith shop were also in operation back
then. The Oakwood Cemetery is still in use today, and is the burial