the two soldiers became friends during their mutual convalescence. When they both
got their discharges, they swore that if one of them ever got in trouble, he would
seek the other out and get help, no matter what.
Shaking hands on the deal, Winston headed back to Texas
and Robbins left for his home in Ohio.
Settling in Nacogdoches,
Winston opened a foundary and soon enjoyed a prosperous business.
two decades after Gettsyburg changed the course of the war, a down and out fellow
walked into Winstonís place of business. It was Robbins.
Living up to his end of the bargain, Winston gave Robbins a job and they renewed
their friendship. Of course, they still had their differences. Winston was a life-long
Democrat while Robbins always voted Republican.
No matter their differing
politcal views, another thing they had in common was that neither had married
or had a family. So they became each otherís family, watching the otherís back
just like they had back in that field hospital in Pennsylvania.
got older, Winston bought a lot in Oak Grove Cemetery big enough for two graves.
He made it known that were he to die first, his friend was to be buried at his
side when he passed on.
thatís what happened. The old Confederate went first, followed by his Yankee pal.
On Jan. 20, 1932, the Associated Press carried a short story on this unusual
pact, noting that the menís graves were unmarked. Four months later, on May 25,
the AP ran another article, telling basically the same story it had the previous
January, but noting that Winston and Robbins had a double tombstone with their
names, birth and death dates.
But www. findagrave.com, which lists some
57 million graves, has no records for either Winston or Robbins, two former enemies
united in friendship and death.
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