CAPT. WASHINGTON HAMPTON SECREST
Departed this life, at his residence, in Columbus, on the 3d day of February, A.D. 1854 , Washington H. Secrest.
To the old Texan, no eulogy could illustrate his lif life. Not an act of bold daring and peril during the days of the young Republic, that did not find him a ready and efficient supporter.
As a spy--and there were men his equals--the camp of the Mexican was as familiar to him as the trails in his own immediate neighborhood.
In every battle, the dust of the melee was the breath of his nostrils.
By nature he was bold, ardent, and generous to prodigality: while others courted wealth and lands, he wooed danger as a bride.
Though in early life he sowed with both hands the wild oats of fun and frolic, yet, in his meridian, he turned to the Lord, who abundantly pardons the penitent.
The sunset of his life, calm and serene, was tinged by the bright rays of Christian hope; and a smile lighted up his worn features, when he was called to the muster roll in heaven.
Columbus, Feb. 12, 1854