"Rockdale, my hometown, is Texas' heart and significant part of its soul," George Sessions Perry wrote in his book, Texas: A World Unto Itself. Perry wrote with lifelong affection about his hometown, first as a novelist and later as a magazine journalist. He describes the pioneers of Rockdale as typical of restless Southerners who hitched their wagons and moved to Texas after the Civil War. . . . Clay Coppedge . . .
Dallas Morning News. Jan. 9, 1912. Deaths. Special to The News. Cameron, Tex., Jan. 8. -- Sam D. Rudder, an aged Confederate soldier, died here. He is survived by one daughter and five sons. [his findagrave memorial page]