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Paducah in Cottle County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Gray and The Blue

 
 
The Gray and The Blue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
1. The Gray and The Blue Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5346.)
 
Location.
The Gray and The Blue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
2. The Gray and The Blue Marker
34° 0.84′ N, 100° 18.099′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Texas, in Cottle County. Marker is on North 9th Street north of Richards Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the courthouse lawn. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah TX 79248, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cottle County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottle County (was about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Quanah Parker Trail (about 600 feet away); Gober-Barron-Williford House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Garden of Memories Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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