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CPT Walter Nathaniel Norwood

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CPT Walter Nathaniel Norwood

Birth
Alabama, USA
Death
8 Jan 1902 (aged 63)
Navasota, Grimes County, Texas, USA
Burial
Navasota, Grimes County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
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Navasota Examiner Newspaper
Navasota, Texas

Though the event was not altogether unlooked for the announcement of the death of Maj. W. N. Norwood Sr., cast a pale over the city; for it is not possible that any man could be more universally honored and respected than this man of men, who quietly closed his eyes and placed his future in other hands at 8:55 o'clock last night, with his beloved family sorrowfully grouped about his withering frame. And with his last breath then appeared for judgment of the Great Spirit the soul of a man whose earthly aim was to do good in others.

Walter Nathaniel Norwood was born of sturdy parents in Alabama 63 years, 4 months and 8 days ago; was brought to Texas an infant in 1839 when the family located at Washington on the Brazos, in which community the family soon gained more than passing prominence.

Deceased received his education in the old Baylor University at Independence and the school at Chappell Hill, giving up studies in his graduating year to bear his bosom to the bullets of his country's foes. He joined the Dixie Blues in the 35 Texas regiment and thus was brigaded under the famous Gen. Hood. His company was first commanded by Capt. John D. Rogers. During the war he received several wounds one of which near the breast was so desperate that perhaps it ultimately contributed to the cause of his death. After that he served in the commissary department, with rank of captain.

He came to Navasota some 13 years ago and most of that time has been engaged in the cotton warehouse business. Since the formation of the present city fire department he has been its chief, and to his untiring watchfullness and care is due so little credit for the efficiency of that service today. There was no pursuit to hold a closer place in his heart than the fire department, and no one in the department was accorded more personal esteem and consideration than "The Chief". As several presentations in the past will testify as does also the fact that they would not hear to his stepping aside.

He also served a term as president of the State Firemen's Association, which commanded several years of his distinguished services.

In 1856 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Evans at Washington, whom he now leaves a widow with two sons and one daughter, who are Ewing Norwood, cashier of the First National Bank, Shields Norwood, associate in the warehouse firm of W. N. Norwood & Sons and Miss Katie Norwood. The funeral is to take place this evening under auspices of the Masonic fraternity, and attended by Fire Department in a uniformed body, interment in the city cemetery. A more extended characterization of this grand man will be prepared in the near future.


The Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Harris Co., TX), Fri., 26 Dec 1862, p. 2, c. 2

At the battle of Gaines' Mill, Lt. W. N. [Walter Nathaniel] Norwood, Co. E, 5th [Infantry Regt.] Texas, had a Bible in the left breast pocket of his coat. It rested over his heart. During the fight, a minnie bullet struck it, passing halfway through and flattened itself over the 10th, 11th and 12 verses of the 5th Psalm.

They read as follows: "Destroy then thou O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them; let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield."

The passage is significant and striking.

Navasota Examiner Newspaper
Navasota, Texas

Though the event was not altogether unlooked for the announcement of the death of Maj. W. N. Norwood Sr., cast a pale over the city; for it is not possible that any man could be more universally honored and respected than this man of men, who quietly closed his eyes and placed his future in other hands at 8:55 o'clock last night, with his beloved family sorrowfully grouped about his withering frame. And with his last breath then appeared for judgment of the Great Spirit the soul of a man whose earthly aim was to do good in others.

Walter Nathaniel Norwood was born of sturdy parents in Alabama 63 years, 4 months and 8 days ago; was brought to Texas an infant in 1839 when the family located at Washington on the Brazos, in which community the family soon gained more than passing prominence.

Deceased received his education in the old Baylor University at Independence and the school at Chappell Hill, giving up studies in his graduating year to bear his bosom to the bullets of his country's foes. He joined the Dixie Blues in the 35 Texas regiment and thus was brigaded under the famous Gen. Hood. His company was first commanded by Capt. John D. Rogers. During the war he received several wounds one of which near the breast was so desperate that perhaps it ultimately contributed to the cause of his death. After that he served in the commissary department, with rank of captain.

He came to Navasota some 13 years ago and most of that time has been engaged in the cotton warehouse business. Since the formation of the present city fire department he has been its chief, and to his untiring watchfullness and care is due so little credit for the efficiency of that service today. There was no pursuit to hold a closer place in his heart than the fire department, and no one in the department was accorded more personal esteem and consideration than "The Chief". As several presentations in the past will testify as does also the fact that they would not hear to his stepping aside.

He also served a term as president of the State Firemen's Association, which commanded several years of his distinguished services.

In 1856 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Evans at Washington, whom he now leaves a widow with two sons and one daughter, who are Ewing Norwood, cashier of the First National Bank, Shields Norwood, associate in the warehouse firm of W. N. Norwood & Sons and Miss Katie Norwood. The funeral is to take place this evening under auspices of the Masonic fraternity, and attended by Fire Department in a uniformed body, interment in the city cemetery. A more extended characterization of this grand man will be prepared in the near future.


The Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Harris Co., TX), Fri., 26 Dec 1862, p. 2, c. 2

At the battle of Gaines' Mill, Lt. W. N. [Walter Nathaniel] Norwood, Co. E, 5th [Infantry Regt.] Texas, had a Bible in the left breast pocket of his coat. It rested over his heart. During the fight, a minnie bullet struck it, passing halfway through and flattened itself over the 10th, 11th and 12 verses of the 5th Psalm.

They read as follows: "Destroy then thou O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them; let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield."

The passage is significant and striking.


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