Always willing to do fellow Texans a favor, Phil Coe agreed on Oct. 4, 1871, to give four dozen cowboys the grand tour of Abilene when they arrived the next day in the Kansas cowtown.

As adept at making friends as filling an inside straight, Philip Haddox Coe was so popular that a company of Confederates elected him their lieutenant. However, as soon as the 6-foot-4 civilian learned a uniform went with the rank, he skedaddled to Mexico.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at

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