The earliest record we can find for George J. Quick was his tax rendition of 1860 in Montgomery County, Texas. He rendered only himself as one poll and had no other taxable goods, neither horse nor land nor other assets.
George J. Quick was thirty-one when he enlisted in the Second Texas Lancers at Danville in March, 1862, so he was born in 1830 or 1831. He must have arrived in the area during 1859, since he was included in the 1860 tax list, but he wasn’t enumerated in Montgomery, Grimes, or Walker census of that year.
His name is recorded as G. J. Creek on one muster roll in his Compiled Service Records.
Nothing is known about G. J., but it is likely he was married. When he enlisted, he gave the value of his horse as $150.00 and his equipment as $20.00. He had to ride fifty miles to the place of rendezvous, Camp Carter at Hempstead.
G. J. rode his horse to Arkansas with the rest of the men of his company, Company B 24th Texas Cavalry, and was counted present on the muster rolls for April through October. Once in Arkansas, all the men were dismounted.
He was one of the many Confederates who became ill after the men’s arrival at Ft. Hindman, Arkansas Post, where they were to be stationed for the winter. Quite a number of men sickened and died. There were so many who were ill that an old bank building, one of the few remaining buildings in the village, was converted to a hospital.
Peter B. Irvine wrote in a letter to his wife on November 22, 1862,We have fifteen in the hospital; some are quite sick but I think they will all get well but Quick. G. J. Quick was surely known to Minerva Irvine, or Peter wouldn’t have mentioned him by name.
Quick did survive, however, only to be captured in the Battle of Arkansas Post on January 11, 1863.
G. J. is on a Roster of Troops Captured at Ft. Hindman and on the Roll of Prisoners of War Captured at Arkansas Post. In the remarks section on the Roll is a simple notation,Died. There is no mortuary certificate in his file.
The first muster roll taken after the men were paroled and exchanged the following April has a notation by Quick’s name: Died at Camp Butler, Illinois, March 29, 1863.
He is buried in the Camp Butler Cemetery with the following burial record, which contains a different date from the one above: Quick, G J, d. 3/01/1863, Confederate States Army, Pvt. He is buried in Plot CONF 0 708.
Thanks to Gene Schnierle of Illinois, who drove to Camp Butler Cemetery to take this photo for us. See his other photos at Twenty-Fourth Regiment Texas Cavalry Burials at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
The information above was compiled from the Compiled Service Records housed in the National Archives and accessed at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, from the Peter B. Irvine letter, and from the website of the Camp Butler Cemetery. A search of census and marriage records for Montgomery and surrounding counties was negative, but land records were not researched.
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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