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Longley had gone to great lengths to portray himself as one of Texas' deadliest gunmen. But now time had run out for Bill Longley. There was no point to any further boasting. The mass of humanity pouring into tiny Giddings was there to witness his final chapter.
The only important thing now was how Longley would make his exit. Would he face his maker with the same reckless spirit that brought him here?
Would he keep his nerve and leave mortal Earth in a manner befitting the image of the bold and daring desperado that he sought to portray? Or would he, as some hoped, shrink from his fate in a manner more befitting a coward? It had been barely a decade since Longley set out on the path that led him most certainly and surely to this day. That path had commenced just a few miles from here. The thousands of milling witnesses camped in Giddings that day exchanged stories and exploits of the doomed man, both true and exaggerated, as they awaited his final procession to the waiting gallows.
But there were also folks from that community, from recently formed Lee County, who knew the truth about this man Longley and who could easily separate myth and legend from the truth. They knew Bill Longley well and had their own opinions about the difference between the truth and the legacy he wanted to leave behind. In their minds, justice for Bill Longley would come at the end of a rope.
Campbell Longley was descended from pioneers of the American Revolution. By early in the nineteenth century, his family was located in Tennessee. One of eight children, he was born on September 30, , near the Little Pigeon River in the eastern portion of the state not far from Sevierville. When he was about twelve years old, the Longley family moved to Jackson's Purchase in McMinn County, Tennessee, where his father died a year later. Campbell was the oldest child and became his mother's mainstay in working the family farm. In Sam Houston's ragtag army in far-off Texas was in full retreat from the advancing Mexican army led by Santa Anna.
The effort by expatriated Americans to live under Mexican rule in this new frontier had not been successful, given their inherent suspicion of the intent and motives of the Mexican government, as well as the paranoid suspicion on the part of the Mexican government as to the ulterior motives and intent of these Yankees on Mexican soil. A clash had become increasingly inevitable, and a state of war had existed, such as it was, since the first shot fired in October near the small village of Gonzales.
A Mexican victory would financially ruin the many impresarios and entrepreneurs who had invested their personal fortunes in bringing settlers to this new Texas land. Despite the impatience of the leaders of the newly formed Texas government for some sign of hope, their designated army commander, Sam Houston, continued to fall back with his illprepared troops before the oncoming enemy without offering any resistance. There was an ominous feeling that defeat seemed imminent for the Texians once the two armies finally met.
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News of the Texas army's poor prospects reached Tennessee, especially distressing one Joe Clay. Clay was an investor in the Robertson Colony, an association of investors initially formed by Sterling and Felix Robertson in Nashville in to settle colonists in Texas. The Mexican government had granted the association a permit to bring eight hundred families to an area in the Brazos River basin. Sterling Robertson had been attempting to solve some difficulties with Mexico when the Texas Revolution broke out.
In order to protect his land investment, Clay was one of a number of entrepreneurs who rallied in response to Houston's call for help by organizing companies of volunteers to reinforce the Texians in the spring of Captain Gustavus A. Parker of Georgia formed a unit of some one hundred men and officers from Georgia and Tennessee and was able to lay his hands on a small quantity of arms, ammunition, and horses. Clay greeted the unit when its members assembled in Nashville.
The twenty-year-old Campbell Longley, having decided to leave his mother and family behind to seek fortune and adventure in far-flung Texas, was one of the eager new recruits. Clay arranged for temporary lodging for Parker's company and treated the new soldiers, along with other soldiers assembling in Nashville, to a large barbecue as a sendoff.
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The soldiers departed on a steamer to Louisiana, then on to Texas. As they left, Nashville citizens bolstered the supplies of the departing militiamen with flour, bacon, and coffee. By the time Parker's unit reached the San Augustine settlement on the Angelina River, however, there was word that Houston and his Texas army were already squaring off against Santa Anna's army at San Jacinto far to the south. They wouldn't be able to get to the battle in time, so Parker was directed to take his company to Coleto in present-day Goliad County where James Fannin and his men had been brutally massacred in the March 27 Goliad Mission surrender.
From Coleto, the company joined volunteers in gathering up and burying the bodies of the massacre victims. On April 21 Houston and his men surprised a sleeping Santa Anna and soundly defeated the Mexican force. Santa Anna was captured and, taken before Houston, acknowledged his defeat. As the new Republic of Texas began to grope for organization, young Campbell Longley remained with Parker's company at Coleto after formally enlisting in the Texas army on June 12, , for a three-month term.
On September 12, his term of service completed, Longley was honorably discharged. However, because he owned only a tattered suit of clothes and pair of shoes, he was forced to assign his Texas army discharge to George Green for cash, thus giving up a claim of land under the new Texas republic. Captain Parker went on to settle in Fort Bend County and represent that county in the Texas legislature before his death in Campbell intended to return to his family in Tennessee.
He had no ties to Texas, the big adventure was over, and he had no reason to stay. But when he and other discharged soldiers set sail from Texas, a shipwreck left them stranded at Matagorda without any money. In Austin County, Campbell established himself as a farmer and became involved in local activities.
At a camp meeting held in October , the Texas Missionary Society was organized. Robert Alexander, a Methodist missionary, assembled subscribers, including Campbell, to pledge financial support for the new organization. Religion had been and always would be a strong factor in Campbell Longley's life.
Their first child, Mary Catherine, was born on December 20, , to be followed by a second daughter, Martha Jane, on Christmas Day of Although the Mexicans were no longer a threat, various tribes of Indians, finding themselves being displaced by the new Texians, were. Regular reports circulated among Texians concerning bloody conflicts between Indian and settler, often involving atrocities committed by both sides. In August , an especially large band of Comanches swooped south in a series of bloody raids.
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Near Lavaca Bay in what is now Calhoun County, the Indians laid waste the small village of Linnville, then retreated northward with hostages and loot. On August 11, near the present town of Lockhart in Caldwell County, the Texians overtook the fleeing Indians and soundly defeated them in a running battle at Plum Creek. Campbell Longley, his farming routine interrupted, was a part of this expedition, as was noted Indian fighter Big Foot Wallace.