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calf crop shipped out to market during the summer and fall of the same year. That meant "some stirrin' about" for the cowboys. Mr. Rachal had a reputation of working his cattle fast and furiously. This was to such an extent that among the Territory boys often when cattle were to be rushed or crowded you would hear, "Rachal 'em boys, Rachal 'em."
A. P. Rachal died in Chicago, and was buried at San Antonio, his home town.
Darius C. Rachal was born January 23, 1841, at Cloutierville, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. His parents were Ciriaque, and Anais Rachal, both lineal descendants of the Acadians who sought asylum in Louisiana and who have been the subjects of song and story for two centuries. At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Rachal enlisted in the 5th Texas Infantry, a part of Hood's Brigade. He took part in the "Seven Days' Battle in the Wilderness," was at the "Second Manassas" at " Sharpsburg" in "Lee's Invasion of Pennsylvania" the immortal three days at "Gettysburg," was foremost in the defense of Fredericksb urg and was with Hood during the terrific hand-to-hand struggle at "Chickamauga." When the battle flag had been furled and the last musket had been stacked, Mr. Rachal returned to Texas and engaged in the cattle business, living two years in Calhoun county, subsequently he removed to San Patricio county where he resided until his death, August 27, 1918.
From 1875 to 1890 Mr. Rachal was one of the largest cattle-raisers in the State and sent large herds up the trail during this time. He was married to Miss Julia Bryan at Liberty, Texas, and lived at White Point, seven miles across the bay from Corpus Christi the last fifty-two years of his life.