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we were there he drove up all of his horses and had us trim their manes and tails to get hair and make a rope for him.
Upshur Brookin, J. B. New and myself came home together. We crossed the Mississippi with our horses on a ferry boat. The water came within two inches of the top of the boat and I almost knew we would sink before we got across. I reached home in January and enlisted in the army at Corpus Christi, February 23, 1863, when I was just seventeen years old.
Below is a short sketch of some of the incidents of trail life as related and experienced by Mr. James Gibson of Alice, Texas.
James Gibson, born in Maryland and reared in Virginia, came to Texas as a young boy in the early seventies.
It was solely for the love of adventure that he came, seeking what the new country might have in store for him. And, although his father was adverse to having him come to a strange new country, he gave him means for the trip and a letter of introduction to Major Hutchinson of San Marcos, who had been a law student under an uncle in Charleston, Virginia.
JAMES GIBSON Mr. Gibson and a distant relative by name of Oscar Flagg made the trip together. They landed at Galveston, Texas, and from there made their way to San Marcos,