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Joseph A. Huffman

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 428.

Joseph A. Huffman, an honored Confederate veteran, bearing many wounds and known as an enterprising and successful farmer of Milam county, was born in Alabama, December 8, 1842, the only child of Joseph and Jennette Cameron Huffman, natives of South Carolina. In 1852 the parents moved to Texas and after a year's residence in Bastrop county they settled in Milam County. Here Joseph A. Huffman passed his youth on his father's farm, receiving a meager common-school education.

In 1861 he entered the Confederate army, enlisting in Company G, Fifth Texas Infantry, being then but little past his eighteenth year. His command being assigned to duty in the Army of Northern Virginia, he saw service mostly in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, serving under Hood and Longstreet. He was wounded at Gaines' Mills in 1862 by a gunshot in the face and shoulder, and by this wound was disabled from duty for over a year. Recovering, he joined his command again, and was again three times wounded in the battle of the Wilderness, being shot through the right thigh, the left ankle and left foot. The last wounds disabled him for the remainder of the war and he remained in the hospitals in Virginia until the summer of 1865, not reaching his home in Texas until September of that year.

For eight months after the war closed he went on crutches and was able to do but little active work. In the meantime, however, he took charge of his father's farm in Milam county and directed operations on it.

In 1868 he married, and having come into possession of some property by the death of his father, he engaged in farming and stockraising, at which he has continued since. He owns 700 acres of land four miles west of Cameron, most of which is devoted to stockraising. Mr. Huffman is an enterprising and public-spirited man, prominent in local matters and greatly respected as a citizen. He is the only representative of his name in Milam county, being an only child and his parents being now deceased. His mother died in this county in 1858 and his father in 1866, aged sixty.

We must say a special thank you to Earline Long-Zlotkowski of San Antonio, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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