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Grantland, Robert Emmett

Colorado Veteran Of Southern Army And Wife Wed Nearly 57 Years.

COLORADO, June 12--(AC)--The milestone marking a half-century of married life together was passed by Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Grantland of Colorado on September, 23, 1930, nearly seven years ago.

Mr. Grantland, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday with-in a few days of Mrs. Grantland's 80th birthday, is one of Mitchell county's two surviving veterans of the Civil War.

The marriage of Robert Emmett Grantland and Lizzie Boyd took place in Morgan county, Alabama, on September 23, 1880, at 6 o'clock in the evening. With the exception of one year spent in Texas, the Grantlands lived in Alabama during their first twelve years of marriage, coming to Texas to stay in 1892. They lived in Milan and Eastland counties before settling in Colorado some 25 years ago.

Mr. Grantland was born in northern Alabama in 1847. Orphaned at the age of three, he was brought up by his grandparents, who brought him with them to Texas, about 1850. His early boyhood was divided between the homes of his grandparents around Goliad and Beeville and Alabama, where his sisters were being brought up by other relatives.

When he was only 13 he ran away from home and enlisted in the Confederate army, serving in Company 4, 25th Texas Dastiler Brigade. In the three-day battle of Cicamauga, in which thousands were killed, wounded, and taken prisoner, he was badly wounded in the arm. He remembers that the night before he was wounded the dead were piled in high stacks to make room for the living to sleep.

Doctors said that his wounded arm must be amputated. They wouldn't give him water to drink. Crazed by a high fever and by the thought of losing his arm, he slipped away from the hospital under cover of darkness and stumbled to a flowing stream, where he drank his fill and lay all night with his wounded arm in the cool water.

The next morning he went still farther away from the doctors who wanted to remove his arm. Three days he didn't eat except for corn he picked up from the ground. But today he still has his arm, and he boasts that he is a man who never grumbles about his food.

After a furlough in Texas he went back on duty at Galveston, being then in the Second Texas regiment. While at Galveston he helped cut the piling to build the first causeway across Galveston bay.

The Civil War claimed the life of Mrs. Grantland's father. She was born and reared in Alabama. She likes to say that she was "born a Methodist, rocked in a Methodist cradle, joined he Methodist church when she was twelve, has lived a Methodist, and will be a Methodist in heaven." She's proud that her son, H. E. Grantland of Colorado, married the daughter of a Methodist minister, and that her daughter, Mrs. S. H. Young, is the wife of a Methodist presiding elder-the Rev. S. H. Young of Sweetwater, Texas.

H. E. Grantland, who is assistant cashier of the City National bank in Colorado, and Mrs. Young of Sweetwater are the only two living children of Mr. and Mrs. Grantland. Six children were born to them, but four died in infancy or early childhood.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 13 Jun 1937

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