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HENDRICKS, STERLING BROWN (1821–1909). Sterling Brown Hendricks, lawyer, soldier, and politician, was born near Courtland, Alabama, on July 21, 1821. He grew up in Mississippi, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar before he moved to Texas in January 1841 and settled at Washington-on-the-Brazos. After his return from the Somervell expedition in 1842, he taught school in Bowie County and later established a store in Elysian Fields. Hendricks represented Harrison and Panola counties in the House of the Ninth Legislature, 1862–63, and at the end of his term entered the Confederate Army as captain of a company from Harrison County. He was elected lieutenant colonel when the unit became Company E of Col. George F. Moore's Seventeenth Texas Cavalry. While Hendricks was commanding the regiment in Louisiana, Pendleton Murrah appointed him financial agent of the Texas penitentiary. Hendricks was a merchant, a farmer, a Presbyterian, and a Mason in Harrison County after the war. He died on December 11, 1909. His narrative, "The Somervell Expedition to the Rio Grande, 1842," was published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in October 1919.


Randolph B. Campbell, A Southern Community in Crisis: Harrison County, Texas, 1850–1880 (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1983).


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