DescriptionThomas J. Goree: Single Action Colt Belonging to this Former Confederate Officer and Head of the Texas Penitentiary System. Serial number 109805, 4¾" barrel. Trace of original nickel finish on cylinder, overall patina dark gray with typical scattered minor abrasions and spots of staining. Original Colt grips in excellent condition. "Thomas J. Goree" painted on bottom of butt. This lot is accompanied by a beautifully tooled leather holster which came with the gun when it was purchased by the consignor.
Thomas Jewett Goree (1835-1905) rose to the rank of captain in the Army of Northern Virginia, and was one of the most trusted aides to General James Longstreet. He was involved in nearly every engagement in which Longstreet's division took part and although never wounded, had three horses shot out from under him and on more than one occasion, had bullets pass through his clothing without hitting him.
After the war he accompanied Longstreet home to Alabama before returning to his home near Huntsville, Texas, to manage the family plantation and practice law. In 1873, Goree was appointed to the board of directors, later board of commissioners, of the Texas State Prisons. In 1877 he was named by Governor Hubbard as Superintendent of the State Penitentiary at Huntsville, and then as Superintendent of Penitentiaries. In 1935 one of the major divisions of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was named the Goree Unit in his honor.
From the Estate of John R. Eckel, Sr. For more information on this estate, please view the article "An Antique Love Story".
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