Asa Hoxey, c. 1825

13 December 2021

Asa Hoxey Whiteside, a 19 year old Grimes County, TX farmer, was at Fox’s Gap and Sharpsburg in Maryland in 1862 as a Private in Company G, 4th Texas Infantry. He was captured at Gettysburg on 2 July 1863 and sent to Fort Delaware as a prisoner. On the night of 14-15 November 1863 he attempted to escape, but drowned in the Delaware River.

His namesake was Asa Hoxey (1800-1863), former Alabama physician and an early Texas pioneer. He was a close associate of Private Whiteside’s grandfather James John Whiteside (1771-1848) in what became Washington County, TX in the 1830s.

This portrait of a young Dr. Hoxey is in the collection of the Star of the Republic Museum in Washington, TX. More about him at the source for that picture: a bio sketch in the Handbook of Texas.

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