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Keith Moore Postell Ratliff Throckmorten

Obituary of William Terry Moore, McKinney, Texas.

Dr. William Terry Moors, who was born on November 17, 1845, at Starkville, Miss., was the son of William Terry and Mary Hudson Moore. When he was but a boy the family moved to Terry, in Hines County, and at the outbreak of the war he was a student at Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. When Mississippi seceded from the Union, he left Washington with Senator Jefferson Davis and family for Mississippi, embarking upon a boat to Alexandria, Va.

William Moore volunteered his services at the beginning of the war, but was rejected on account of his age and small stature. HOwever, he soon entered a company of cavalry as a recruit under Capt. W. W. Ratliff; but as mounts and equipment were lacking, they were mustered into service as Company A, Mississippi Artillery, Ratliff's Battalion, which saw service mainly in Mississippi. At Baker's Creek, about fifteen miles east of Vicksburg, Ratliff's soldiers engaged the Federals in the heaviest and most terrific artillery duel which occurred in Mississippi during the war. Young Moore was in the surrender at Vicksburg under General Pemberton, was exchanged as a prisoner of war, and returned to his home in Mississippi. He reenlisted and served to the end. Two brothers, J. A. and J. T. Moore, were in Virginia with Gen. Robert E. Lee.

After the war young Moore entered the Ohio College of Dental Surgery at Cincinnati, graduating in 1869. He went to Texas at once and settled near McKinney. In 1872 he was married to Miss Jennie Throckmorten, daughter of Gov. J. W. Throckmorten. His second wife was Miss Catharine Elizabeth Keith, of an old Mississippi family, and of their union ten children were born, nine of whom are now living. Dr. Moore's third marriage was to Mrs. Hudson Postell, of Decatur, Ala., who survives him.

In 1906 Dr. Moore was elected tax collector of Collin County. He was alderman of McKinney for fourteen years and was also a member of the school board. He was Commander of J. W. Throckmorten Camp, U. C. V., and Colonel on the staff of General Can Zandt, Commanding Trans-Mississippi Division, U. C. V. Dr. Moore was also prominent in lodge work, being a member of Empire Lodge, No. 68, I. O. O. F., and was Past Grand Master at the time of his death.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1915.

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