Henry T. Curl was born August 6, 1838, in Arkansas. He came to Texas with his parents, Thomas J. and Laurena Garrett Curl, in 1841 and they settled in San Augustine County. In 1860 Curl and Julia Taylor, the daughter of Charles S. Taylor, were married. They lived in Chireno and had one child, Anna Laura. During the Civil War, Curl served with Co. A., 17th Regt. Texas Cavalry. He died April 14, 1864, leaving Julia a young widow. When her daughter, Laura Curl, married John V. Hughes and moved to Dallas, Julia went to live with them and her brother, Lawrence Taylor, took care of her interests involving land matters in Nacogdoches County.
(Winfield, Elizabeth Hearn and Glassman, Patricia Hearn, "Curl, Thomas Jefferson", Nacogdoches County Families, Curtis Media Corp., 1985; Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, The People of Nacogdoches County in the Civil War, 1980; Henry T. Curl Papers, East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University)
Scope and Contents: These papers include Civil War letters from Henry Curl to his wife, Julia, and one to her brother, Lawrence S. Taylor. The letter to Lawrence is quite long and gives an extremely detailed and interesting account of Henry's experiences in the war.