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Baker Holmes Hunt

Obituary of Henry Holmes, Carthage, Texas.

On October 6 there passed into the great beyond the exemplary citizen, the devoted Christian, and veteran soldier of the Confederacy, Henry Holmes, at his home, near Carthage, Tex. His remains were interred in the beautiful cemetery near Antioch Church, in which he worshiped and which he loved so well. A large crowd of relatives and sympathizing friends were present to do honor to his memory.

Henry Holmes was born in Twiggs County, Ga., in the year 1839. He moved to Barber County, Ala., with his parents when a small boy, where he grew to manhood, pretty much as other boys on the farm.

In 1861, when the storm of war was gathering over the fair Southland, he was among the first to volunteer. He enlisted in Company A, 5th Alabama Infantry, with which he served throughout the war. With that dauntless courage which characterized the Southern soldier, he laid down the trappings of war at Appomattox and, weary and tattered and hungry, turned his steps homeward to take up the implements of farm life and restore a blighted and desolate land.

Sometime in the early seventies he was married to Miss Frances Hunt and came to Texas, settling on the home where he lived and died. To this union were born five children. He was subsequently married three times, surviving all but the last wife, who was Mrs. Carry Baker and by whom he had two children. Nine children in all blessed his married life, all of whom survive him.

As a citizen he was held in high esteem, law-abiding and faithful in performance of all duties devolving upon him.

As a Christian he was loyal and devoted to his Church, holding fast to the faith once delivered to the saints, and died in the triumph of the Christian hope and faith.

As a veteran of the Southern cause his service and devotion compel admiration. No truer, no braver soldoer marched under the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy. Entering the army in 1861, he served continuously to the close-from the battle of Seven Pines before Richmond to Appomattox. He participated in nearly every great battle of the Army of Northern Virginia, and all through that inferno of blood and carnage and by a miraculous fortune never received a serious wound. To this old soldier of Cross and Southern cause we freely yield our love and admiration. He lived to noble purpose-to serve his God and country with rare courage and loyalty. He has crossed over the river to join his comrades on "fame's eternal camping ground." Peace to his ashes and in rest to his loyal and weary soul! May his stalwart sons follow his footsteps and emulate his life!

[A Comrade.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1922.

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