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Deupree Givens Haggerty Loggins Settle Welch

Obituary of James Campbell Loggins, Ennis, Texas.

James Campbell Loggins was born near Tuscaloosa, Ala., on December 7, 1845, but some five years later his parents removed to Grimes County, Tex., and there, when only fifteen years old, he entered the Confederate Army as a private in Hood's Texas Brigade. And he served with this famous command in all its hard fought battles and glorious victories until he was captured at Gettysburg. He was held as a prisoner of war for over a year, mainly at Fort Delaware, from which he escaped on the night of July 1, 1864, by swimming Delaware Bay, with five other Texas boys - William Givens, Charley Settle, Ed Welch, John Haggerty, and J. E. Deupree, of whom the latter only failed to make good his escape.

After the war Jim Loggins graduated at the great medical college in New Orleans, and was later one of the most prominent and successful physicians in Texas. I never knew a braver or a better man. He stood high in the army, and in civil life, he was ever active and prominent in the affairs of both Church and State.

Though we had kept in close touch ever since the war, our first meeting in that time was at the Dallas Fair about ten years ago. We met there by agreement, and the first night we actually sat up and talked all night. Since then I have often enjoyed the hospitality of his elegant home in Ennis, Tex. Now that he is gone and his place can never be filled in this life, I can only look forward to an eternal reunion with him in the blessed "Haven of Rest." I fondly hope that my last days may be as calm and happy as his, for he gently passed away in his sleep. A son and daughter survive him.

My dear old comrade and I had planned to meet at our next State reunion and then to spend the remainder of the summer together, but alas for human hope!

[J. E. Deupree]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1922.

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