Courtesy of Linda McNiel, TX, October 4, 2003

My great grandfather, Joshua Gracie Milburn, along with his father, Williamson Milburn, was in the 3rd TX Cavalry. He wrote the following, about 1920. [Excerpt of a letter written by J.G. Milburn, from Lockney, TX to his grandson, David Otis Kelley]

By the way, Joshua Gracie Milburn's father, whom he speaks of in the letter, was Williamson Milburn (16 Mar 1808 GA - 13 Jan 1863 Starrville, Smith County, TX) Williamson was a 1st Lt in Company K of the 3rd Texas Cavalry, mustered into service at Dallas, Texas, 13 Jun 1861. This unit was known as "Greer's Regiment." Joshua Gracie Milburn was a private.



I was in school at Bellview, Rusk county Texas when father enlisted. He wrote me from Dallas not to enlist in the army but instead to go after the school was out to Murfreesboro, Tennessee and complete my education, but instead of taking his advice I quit school and told mother that I would go to Dallas and see father and return home, which I knew at the time was a falsehood, and I can think of a great many things in reviewing my past life that I would like to forget and would not do or say if I could live my life over again. After being drilled a few days we were ordered to Ft. Smith, Ark. where the 3rd, 6th, and 9th TX Cavalry were formed into a Brigade and placed under the command of Gen Ben McCullah, and from there we received orders to go on forced march to reinforce Gen. Price near Springfield, MO., and for 3 days and nights we traveled sleeping or resting only while our horses were eating. We joined Gen. Price at Wilson Creek about 15 miles from Springfield, Mo. on the evening of the 3rd day after leaving Ft. Smith worn out from loss of sleep and constant riding to which we were not accustomed at that time. Gen. Lyons was in command of the federal army at Springfield comprising about twice as many soldiers as Price and McCullah. After skirmishing a few days with the enemy we were surrounded at night and woke up the next morning by the first artillery fire we had ever heard and of course everything was in confusion for several hours, but skirmishing was going on in every direction and after several hours of fighting Gen. Lyons, the commander of the federal troops was killed and his army completely routed. This was my first experience in actual warfare and how I did regret the mistake that I made when I quit school and refused to take my father's advice and enlisted, but this is the history of the human family.

War Department, Washington D.C. 9-20-1927 Letter shows "Joshua G. Milburn on Muster Roll for March and April 1863 shows him absent. Taken prisoner at Middleburg TN. Muster Roll for May and June 1864 shows him present. No other record. signed Lutz Wahl, Major General."

Joshua Gracie Milburn born 3 Apr 1842 in Sumter Co, AL, he died 14 Jan 1932 in Sayre, Beckham Co, OK., at the age of 89 yrs 9 mos.

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