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By Bartee Haile


A Confederate general took one look at the badly wounded captain on Dec. 26, 1863, decided George Littlefield was a goner and rewarded him with a battlefield promotion to a major.

The Littlefields had lived in Gonzales County less than two years, when the head of the house suddenly up and died. Cut off from her kin in Mississippi, Mildred Littlefield found a way to raise and educate four children while running a successful business. To her oldest son, the iron-willed woman would always serve as a reallife role model.

In the summer of 1861, George Littlefield joined Terry’s Texas Rangers, the renowned Confederate cavalry. A year later, his comrades chose him as their company captain even though at age 19 he was the youngest in the outfit. Littlefield survived his Christmas encounter with Yankee shrapnel but was classified as unfit for further combat. He hobbled home to his new bride and the unwanted pity of neighbors, who shook their heads at the sad sight of the crippled veteran. But Littlefield refused to accept the affliction and fought against the blinding pain to regain full use of his mangled legs. After an amazing four-year struggle, he threw away his crutches and walked unaided for the rest of his days.



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