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Date: Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Find A Grave Correction: Robert Wallis

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From the Registration Blank filed at the Dallas meeting of the Association of the Medical Officers of the Army and Navy of the Confederacy, we quote the following brief data:

"Entered the Confederate service as surgeon, assigned to duty with the 4th Missouri Cavalry (Greene'" Regiment) May 1861, at Mountain Home, Mo. Rank at the close of the war Surgeon. Have not yet surrendered. P.O. Rockdale, Texas." A letter from his son, Dr. R.W. Wallis, gives the sad intelligence of his death, which occurred on the night of January 6th, 1903. From his Great Commander he has received the order to "Strike the tent," and has "crossed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees."

The following editorial appeared in his home paper, The Rockdale Record, after his interment:

"Old Dr. Wallis is dead." This was the startling intelligence that we were met with Wednesday morning. Everyone was shocked. He was affectionately called old Dr. Wallis, not on account of his age, but to distinguish him from the others.

The particulars of his death are as follows : He left Rockdale the night after Christmas to visit his old home in Arkadelphia, Ark., and was returning home Tuesday, and on the way back met with old friends with whom he conversed pleasantly until the train reached Palestine, where his friends got off to take supper and invited the doctor to join them. This invitation he refused, saying that he did not care for supper, but that he would get off and take a little fresh air. After walking around awhile he was heard to remark that he had plenty of fresh air and got back on the train and resumed his seat. When next he was noticed he was found dead. His son, Dr. R.W. Wallis, was telegraphed and left immediately to meet the train bringing his dead father.

The funeral services were conducted at his residence here by Rev. W.A. Hamlett, after which the Masonic Lodge of this place took charge of the body and followed by a large procession of his friends, the remains were conducted to the Odd Fellows' cemetery, where they were laid to rest with the honors of this noble order.

Dr. Wallis was one of nature's noblemen, a gentleman of the old school, kind and courteous to all, and beloved and esteemed by every citizen of Rockdale. During the many years we have known him we never saw him angry or ever heard him speak ill of anyone. He occupied a place in Rockdale that will never be filled, and with old and young he was a favorite. He met every one with a smile or a word of encouragement. While we drop a tear over his bier and extend condolence to his bereaved family and relatives, we know that he has gone to his permanent home where he will shine in glory, one of heaven's rarest jewels, and stands waiting for loved ones to welcome them to that land prepared for the faithful.

Deceased was born and raised in Columbia, Tenn., but when a young man he went to Jackson, Miss., where he was employed as clerk in a mercantile establishment. At the time of his death he was 67 years of age.

At the beginning of the war he enlisted as an army surgeon, in Marmaduke's brigade, from Marshfield, Missouri, and served all through that bloody war. He was present as a surgeon at the famous duel between Gens. Walker and Marmaduke, in which Walker was killed by his antagonist, and remained with Walker until be died, and was commissioned by the dying man to deliver to his wife his watch and other personal effects. He was with General Price in his raid through Missouri. After the war he settled in Arkadelphia, Ark., and practiced his profession. He was the first railroad surgeon ever appointed on the Iron Mountain Railroad. On account of his health he finally left Arkadelphia, and moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1892, where be remained until 1894, when he moved to Rockdale, where he has been engaged in the practice of his profession. Southern practitioner, Volume 25 (Google eBook) 1903 - Medical
Added by BeNotForgot on Aug 20, 2012 8:52 PM
Patty McGinty
RE: Dr. Robert S. Wallis
I'm so sorry but on this trip I did 8 cemeteries and walked all of them. I will try to refresh my memories but don't hold out hope. Sorry. Patty
Added by Patty McGinty on May 06, 2010 8:13 PM

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