Henry Clay Loudermilk
Text from “The Lone Star State”, Lewis Publishing, Chicago, 1896.
Henry C. Loudermilk who holds the responsible preferment as treasurer of Comanche county, Texas is a veteran of the Confederate army, and a man who is held in the highest regard by the people of Comanche county, where he has maintained his residence for more than a quarter of a century.
Mr. Loudermilk claims the “Empire State of the South” as the place of his nativity. He is the youngest in the family of ten children of George W. and Polly (McNutt) Loudermilk, and was born in Union county, Georgia, May 27, 1844. His father was a Virginian by birth and his mother was a native of Tennessee. They were for many years residents of Georgia, and it was on a farm in that state that the subject of our sketch was reared. When war between the north and south was inaugurated he enlisted in the Eighteenth Georgia Infantry, being among the first to respond to the Confederate call, and was in active service for a period of fourteen months, at the end of which time he was dischared in consequence of the loss of his right leg. During the seven days’ fight near Gaines’ Mills in Virginia he was wounded, the wound necessitating the amputation of his limb. Returning to Georgia he continued his residence there until 1870, when he took up his abode in the “Lone Star State.”
Ever since coming to Texas Mr. Loudermilk has been more or less interested in farming operations. His present farm is located some eleven miles northwest of the city of Comanche and comprises a fine tract of one hundred and sixty acres, one hundred and five acres of which are under a high state of cultivation, the rest being utilized for stock purposes. Among the improvements on this place is a fine orchard, one acre in extent and producing the choicest of fruit.
For some years past Mr. Loudermilk has given his support to the Populist party, of which he is a stanch member. He was in 1886 elected treasurer of Comanche county, and served two years, and in 1892 he was again elected to the same office, which he has since filled, and as the incumbent of this office has given general satisfaction to all concerned.
Mr. Loudermilk is a man of family. May 17, 1875 in the state of North Carolina was consummated his marriage to Miss Annie Forister, a native of that state and a most amiable and estimable woman They are the parents of an interesting family of five children, namely: Alexander, Laura L., Eliza J., Arthur and Val [probably Vol].
Additional notes: Henry Loudermilk, lived in Downing. He died April 21, 1904 and is buried in the Downing Cemetery. His wife Martha A. 10-20-1841/2-22-1923 is also buried there. He served as Comanche County treasurer 1886-1888, and 1892-1896. Based on the above information, he volunteered for the Confederate Army in April or May 1861. The 18th Georgia was, at the time of Gaines Mill, assigned to Hood’s Texas Brigade in Longstreet’s Corps.