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Henry Martyn Stringfellow: A Soldier’s Story
by Samuel Collins, III
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Thursday evening I will be speaking at Stringfellow Orchards in Hitchcock, on the life of Civil War veteran and Galveston County horticulturalist and property owner Henry Martyn Stringfellow.

Stringfellow was born into a prominent family of Virginia clergymen, who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.  He was commissioned a lieutenant and assigned to the staff of John Bankhead Magruder's new command in Texas. That move changed the course of his life.

Stringfellow married Alice Johnston, from Seguin. They made their post-war homes in Texas. Henry soon found himself interested in horticulture.  He became a successful produce grower in the last decades of the 19th century.

Stringfellow was respected in the Galveston County community for paying his African American orchard workers a dollar a day, when the local custom was to pay fifty cents a day.

Too often when we discuss wars we forget the real people involved in them. We forget many soldiers and citizens lives were changed forever by the events of the war. It is not just historical facts we should study, but key events that became pivotal points in time that changed the future.

My presentation, titled Henry Martyn Stringfellow — A Soldier’s Story Part 2 will focus on Stringfellow’s life after the war and what his work with the former enslaved individuals on the mainland meant to them and their families.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm, at Stringfellow Orchards, 7902 state Highway 6, in Hitchcock, TX.  (Rain out date Thursday, April 30th at 6pm)

If you have a favorite lawn chair, grab it and join us. We will provide 30 chairs for the first 30 guests.   

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