Mansfield, La. April 10/64
My Dear Judge:
I wrote for fear that you will be uneasy about Lawrence. He is doing very nice. His wound is a flesh one through both thighs, and he fears that you will hear it worse than it is. I left him a few hours ago at the Hospital with about a half dozen Yankee ambrotypes (women) laughing over them and some of the love letters written by the women to the men. He will go out to a private house tomorrow or next day. He was wounded in the first day's fight of the infantry. His horse was first killed, and whilst he was on foot was wounded. The old seventeenth are nearly all killed. The 17th and the Crescent (La.) suffered more than any other regiments in the fight. Noble, Hancock and Gil McKay were killed in the first fight (Friday); also Ellis Patten. There were a great many wounded in Hancock's Co. Thos. Whitaker and Louis Brown slightly wounded, and Alex Muckleroy was hurt. I have no time to write more of those particulars -----
¬More anon, Your friend,
J. C. Rusk.
Camp of 4 Tex, April 11, 1864. Hon. C. S. Taylor.
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Charles Stanfield Taylor was born in London, England, in 1808. He came to Texas in 1828, settling at Nacogdoches where he opened a mercantile business. The business was soon abandoned in favor of other pursuits.
Charles S. Taylor served as a member of the Nacogdoches ayuntamiento in 1832 and fought in the Battle of Nacogdoches. In 1834 he was elected Alcalde of San Augustine, and was appointed San Augustine Land Commissioner in 1835. Taylor represented the District of Nacogdoches at the First Convention at San Felipe de Austin in Oct. 1832 and was elected as a delegate from Nacogdoches to the Constitutional Convention, where he signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1837 by Sam Houston. Mr. Taylor served two terms as County Treasurer, 1850-54. After having been licensed to practice law in the Republic of Texas in 1839, Taylor remained very active in the profession for the remainder of his life, and was elected Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in 1860, until his death on Nov. 1, 1865.
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Most of the documents in the Charles S. Taylor Papers are in English although there are quite a few in Spanish and some in French. A large number of documents are from the period of the Texas Republic.
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