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FERGUSON, JOSEPH G.Private
AgeShackelford's Company

Joseph G. Ferguson of Shackelford's Company was a budding young physician, who had studied his profession under Dr. Shackelford. In a letter written from Goliad, March 2, 1836, to his brother, A. J. Ferguson, he said:

"I think I have a good chance for being surgeon's mate to the army at this place as soon as there is something to do in that line. The situation of the country is of a high dry character, no local cause for disease of any kind, and the land is first rate. Though with all these advantages, it is no country for me. My dislike to the country is a want of society and government, both of which will hardly be realized shortly, for it is filled up with people who are for their own emolument, to the exclusion of others ... My time service will be out on April 19th, and unless things change for the better, if I should live, you will see me as soon after that time as I can get where you live ... Yes, Jack, though I am surrounded by wicked men, I still try to serve the Lord."  [Garland News, March 4, 1910, p. 7, c. 6; CMSR, No. 7637, State Library.]


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NOTES FROM AN UNFINISHED STUDY OF FANNIN AND HIS MEN
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