Henry GRIFFITH, Albert Gamelia DUGAT, Dugat WILLIAMS and Blair JOHNSON served together during the Civil War in Hoods "Texas" Brigade, 5th Texas, Company F. During the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) on August 30, 1862, Henry GRIFFITH of CHAMBERS COUNTY, TEXAS, according to his cousin Lucinda DUNMAN of COLEMAN COUNTY, TEXAS, witnessed the death of both Blair JOHNSON and Albert G. DUGAT. Henry GRIFFITH was wounded himself at the battle and taken to Yorktown, Virginia, presumably for medical treatment. I deduce that Henry GRIFFITH was incapacitated and unable to report back to his Company F of Albert's death, leaving it up to others to discover that he had indeed perished in the battle. It was Albert DUGAT's first cousin, Dugat WILLIAMS, of LIBERTY COUNTY, TEXAS, who searched for Albert DUGAT the following day. Dugat WILLIAMS' Civil War letters back to his fiancee Laura BRYAN in Texas are in the possession today of Anne Parker. Dugat WILLIAMS had the sad task of discovering the body of his first cousin Albert Dugat. He buried him within a few feet of where he fell.
Are there any letters or other documents that survive today from (Dr.) Henry GRIFFITH which might shed some additional light on the events of the 5th Texas and circumstances surrounding the death of Albert Gamelia DUGAT? I have read the transcription of Henry's letter to Lucinda DUNMAN that is recorded in Flavia Fleishman's "Old River Country" book. Does anyone know who Blair JOHNSON was? The known written accounts describing where and when Blair and Albert died on the battlefield that day vary. Also, the wound that killed Albert Dugat has been vividly described in two separate accounts as decapitation by an artillery shell and a wound clear through his right breast.