The Gray and The Blue

The Gray and The Blue (HM1Z9F)

Location: Paducah, TX 79248 Cottle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.84', W 100° 18.099'

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Into the western part of Texas about 1885 came Civil War veterans of the Gray and the Blue, to tame the wilderness. They grazed cattle where drought parched the grass. Lived in dugouts. Found daily existence a siege that reminded them of war hardships. On occasional trips into town, verbally refought the war on the Courthouse Square, but lived peacefully together to build a great county.
In Cottle County, 85 per cent of the early pioneers had worn the Gray. One out of 3 had been in Texas units. Others, were from Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia. Of the great early brands, most were owned by Confederate veterans, but one in Cottle was run by a strong pro-Unionist.
8,722 Union veterans lived in Texas in 1890. One example in Cottle County at this time was Union veteran, William Frederick Liedtke (1836-1914), who had migrated to the U.S. from Prussia, in 1856. He served as a county official and then as state auditor of Nebraska before settling in Paducah. He was legal advisor, abstractor and Justice of the Peace here.
Gray or Blue in the 1860s, the 1890 uniform tended to be cowman's regalia on an American looking to the future rather than at the past.
HM NumberHM1Z9F
Year Placed1964
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 30th, 2017 at 12:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 379811 N 3764472
Decimal Degrees34.01400000, -100.30165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.84', W 100° 18.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 50.4" N, 100° 18' 5.94" W
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Area Code(s)806, 940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 812 9th St, Paducah TX 79248, US
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