A lifelong farmer, William Henry McClaugherty was First Sergeant of Company D, 4th Texas Infantry and was in action with them in Maryland in September 1862. He survived a disabling leg wound in the Wilderness in May 1864, by then First Lieutenant, and went home to his farm in Seguin, TX in 1865.

In November 1874 he applied for a patent for Improvement in Cotton Scrapers and Choppers, which was granted in February 1875. This patent drawing and accompanying description are online thanks to the Portal to Texas History from the University of North Texas Libraries.

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