had given me the keys to our family's history, now I had to start opening doors
to flesh out the details.
I knew from my cousin's letter that my great, great grandfather George Hill came to the
from an area near the city of Eisenach in at the start of Civil War.
His wife was thought to have died soon after reaching Sachsen Weimer, Germany Texas. During the first year that George was
in Texas, he worked as a teamster hauling
cotton from Houston to .
On August 4, 1862, he was hired to replace a soldier by the name of Adam
Wangemann who had some business dealings that he had to attend to. It was
through this route that George Hill enlisted as a private in Company C, First
Infantry Battalion, Waul's Texas Legion in Hempstead, Texas . Brenham, Texas
At the end of cousin Georgia's letter, she mentioned that the General Services Administration in
had George's confederate war
records and that they recorded that he was a six foot blond with blue-gray
eyes. I had to get my hands on these records! Washington,
Using my best 10 year old penmanship, I wrote a letter to
and asked how
much it would cost to get my great, great grandfathers war records. A few
months later a package arrived in the mail containing copies of the complete
collection of muster rolls that mentioned George Hill and his service in Waul's
Legion. A small bill for the search was included. I was thrilled beyond belief!
There in black and white was my grandfather's name written down on a Civil War
muster roll. It recorded how much pay was due from enlistment and noted that he
was a replacement for Adam Wangemann. To a farm boy in Washington in the 1960's, this was about as exciting
as it could get! I was proud to be a southerner in the great state of Texas and doubly proud
that I had an ancestor who fought in the "War Between the States." Texas