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Abraham Hoss Yeager

April 26, 1842-November 3, 1940

 

 

Abraham Hoss Yeager served in Company G of the 29th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate). He enlisted in 1861 and fought in the Battles of Corinth, Tupelo, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Kennesaw Mountain, where he was captured in June 1864. He was taken prisoner while on picket duty and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill. He was exchanged in March 1865, a few days before the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Following the war he taught school in Washington County, Tennessee, studied law, and was admitted to the Tennessee Bar. He practiced law two years before migrating to Texas in 1872. He practiced in Fort Worth for two years before moving to Johnson County to farm near Cleburne. In 1875 he purchased half interest in the Cleburne Chronicle, for which he directed the editorial operations for six years. He was later owner of the Cleburne Telegram and editor of the Cleburne Enterprise.

In 1890 he retired from his newspaper work to devote full time to improving his farm east of Cleburne. In 1899 he published an aubobiographical work, Jacob Klodsloe, One of the Nobodies. How He Came Home from the War-How He Grew Up and Into It . How and why he chose that pen name is not known.The book includes an account of his early life on the frontier in Eastern Tennessee.

He was a perceptive, literate man who gives a good feel for life in rural Tennessee prior to the War. He gives other insights into slavery, family and the War---how he and other boys in an academy patriotically joined the Confederate cause. He describes his life in a Union prison camp and the long trip home. The homecoming is particularly poignant. His viewpoint is that of a States Rights Confederate, for which he makes no apologies. The book, 129 pages, was a privately printed, limited edition.

Abraham Hoss Yeager married Mary Vincent Hightower in Johnson County, Texas, on June 28, 1882. She was born on September 13, 1862, in Austell, Georgia, just west of Atlanta. Ironically, she was a toddler there when he was captured at Kennesaw Mountain, just to the north.

They had six children: Frank Vincent; Fred William; Abraham Hightower, my father; Mary, Ruth, and John Hoss.

As a lifelong Democrat, Abraham Hoss Yeager wrote spirited letters to the conservative-minded Dallas Morning News. In 1938, accompamied by his son Fred, he attended the joint reunion of Confederate and Union forces that marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. He died in 1940 at age 98, still alert and reading without eyeglasses.

Mary "Vincie" Hightower Yeager died October 13, 1956, at age 94. Of their children, Frank died of typhoid fever at age 20, and Mary died in middle age of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. The other four all lived into their 90s.

Marjorie Kathryn Yeager Walraven
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