Captain Bob Lee


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Bob Lee, son of Daniel W. Lee of Fannin County Texas, in the area where Fannin County joined Hunt County known as the “corners”.  Bob Lee joined the Confederacy at the beginning of the war.  Four years later Captain Bob Lee returned with better clothes, better saddle and better horse than most Confederates.

The Union League, an organization led by the Freedmen's Bureau, carpet– baggers and scalawags, with Federal support, had its North Texas headquarters at Pilot Grove, about seven miles from the home of the Lee families. The leader of the Union League was Lewis Peacock, whose home was south of Pilot Grove on the Fannin–Grayson County line. He had arrived in Texas in 1856.

It was not long until the news of Bob Lee's return was known everywhere in the Red River Valley. The Confederate veterans were happy about it, for now they felt they had a leader. To Peacock, Captain Bob Lee, the cavalryman, with his good clothes, his plumed hat and gold coins, was too big for the "Corners" and would have to go.   Soon the so called feud began. 

Peacock and other members of the Union League conceived the idea of extorting money from Bob Lee. They came to his house one night and arrested him and started to Sherman with him, but stopped in Choctaw Creek bottoms. They took Lee's watch and $200 in gold and he and his father, Daniel W. Lee, were to sign a note for $2,000. Bob Lee was released. The Lees refused to pay the note. Suit was brought in Bonham and the Lees won the case.

The robbery in Choctaw Creek bottoms started the LeePeacock War. During the latter part of 1867, all of 1868, and until June, 1869, the war raged. All told something like 50 men would be killed.

On the morning of May 24, 1869, Bob Lee, dressed in his black suit, boots and black hat with plume, and with all his side arms, announced that he was riding to a neighbor's home not more than three miles away. If his secret plan was to ride south to Mexico, he had waited too long.

His journey was short. Less than half a mile from his home and before he reached the outside, he was caught by the flash of Federal musket fire from the guns of Captain Campbell's 6th Infantry. Between eight and fifteen shots were fired and Bob Lee slid from his saddle without a word.

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