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  • Andrew Jackson Sowell, (CSA) (1815 - 1883)
    Andrew Jackson Sowell (1815-1883) was a 19th century lifelong soldier extraordinaire. He was a participant in the Texas Revolution, Mexican American War, and Civil War. He was a frontier defend...
  • Alexander West (1760 - 1834)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA (Soldier). DAR Ancestor #: A205787 Alexander West BIRTH 11 Aug 1760 Virginia, USA DEATH 20 Jun 1834 (aged 73) Virginia, USA BURIAL Pioneer Cemetery ...
  • Captain William "Squire" Gandee I, Civil War (1813 - 1900)
    : Feb. 5, 1813 Death: Jul. 13, 1900 Born Old Town Flats, Gallia Co., OH, s/o Uriah and "Massy" Hughes Gandee Died Roane Co., WV His wife, Margaret Nancy Casto Gandee(17 Mar 1818-6 Nov 1902) d/o Wil...
  • Henry Watterson,US Congress, (CSA) (1840 - 1921)
    Henry Watterson, who became the editor for the Courier-Journal newspaper at its merging in 1868. Civil War Veteran US Congressman, Journalist. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War,...
  • Franklin Lafayette Paschal (1810 - 1884)
    Franklin Lafayette Paschal Franklin Lafayette Paschal was a son of George Washington Paschal and Agnes (Brewer) Paschal. He was born on 1/15/1810 in Lexington, GA. Veteran - "Texas War of Independenc...

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"The West owes much to those hardy men who, usually from mere love of adventure, wandered alone or in small companies across the wilderness, ever in advance of the settlements and the troops, exploring the unknown, tracing nameless rivers, uncovering hidden water holes in the grim desert, penetrating to every nook and corner of the Great Plains and the mountains beyond, discovering the haunts of Indians, the routes which the wheels of caravans could follow with greatest safety, the best camping spots, the scattered places where wood and water were certain to be found. To such as these -- the scouts and guides of the frontier -- every prairie traveler, every incoming settler, every officer riding at the head of his troop and seeking the savage foe owed gratitude."

Source: Randall Parrish, Frontier Scouts and Guides (1907)

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