Source: From ect. Magazine, October, 2000, Waco- Temple edition, 919
North Valley Mills Drive, Waco, Texas 76710, PP. 61-62. , writen by Tommy
THE OLD GRAY MARE was the official marching song of the Texas Brigade
in the Civil War, sometimes substituting THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS, which
they learned from Black Cowboys honoring a Mulato lady who had been Sam
Houston's spy in Santa Anna's camp and tent.and lived with the Spanish
Camp followers who did cooking, laundry, and cobbler work . Erath, Hill,
and McLennan County soldiers and others were present. The Waco company
had at least 122 men and only 19 batterred soldiers and one Sgt. lived to
surender with Lee.
One night, near Bull Run, the men fell out exhausted and slept with
little camp making. One officer accidentally fell over an empty barrell
and it claterred down the hill, scareing an old Mare Mule , still loaded
with empty pots, pans, and such. The mule paniced and soldiers scaterred,
not knowint who the enemy was. They returned to campfires, bad mouthing
the OLD GRAY MARE. An Alabama Minstrel , possibly soldier, named BAILEY
sang the song at front line shows. The Baileys finally settled at BLUM,
BOSQUE COUNTY and the next generation of 4 brothers organized the Bailey
Brothers- next was
RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM AND BAILEY. The magazine says the monument to
these Baileys is still there near Blum. , erected 1964. Gus Bailey died
in Houston, 1896. His shows always admitted Confederate vets free. The
tune was the theme of 1928 Democratic Convention.
DIXIE was written by a Dan Emmett, a Yankee, in 1859 and was Abraham
Lincoln's favirite song. It was a favorite of the Texas Brigade. Some
stories credited Southern soldiers with the song- they just popularized
Next- HOME ON THE RANGE- recorded and made famous by a BOSQUE COUNTY
NATIVE- JOHN LOMAX. , who first recorded it in 1908. It became a
trademark or favorite of GENE AUTREY and I have heard him sing it at his
Lightning C Ranch , DUBLIN, ERATH COUNTY, TEXAS rodeos in the 1940-50's.
. It was first sung in public by a Black saloon keeper who learned it on
a cattle drive. At one time about half of the West Texas cowboys were
Black. Some still work on ranches like the Matador.
Franklin D. Roosevelt said "Home on the Range " was his all time
favorite. David Guinn presented his "origional version " at Baylor
University and was proven a fraud by other older written records.
Now, how many of your ancestors were Erath County soldiers in the Texas
Brigade? Was it the same as Hood's Texas Brigade? If so, the Confederate
Research center at Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas is considerred the home
research center. and, wasn't Hood County named for their leader?
Charles A. Wyly