The newspapers are available at two places: the microfilm is at the library at the Wharton Co Community College and the actual papers are at the Wharton Co Museum. You can also get copies of the microfilm at the UT Library in Austin. You are not allowed to handle the actual newspapers at the museum, though.
The Wharton Co museum has all of the historical items. I don't think there is anything at the library.
I have a copy of Judge Bowen's CSA pension, but not his widow's. They may be ordered through the TX State Archives website. Some of the TX CSA pensions are on-line at ancestry.com, but the numbers did not go as high as Judge Bowen's (31478).
The copies of applications for Southern Crosses are available at the Business Office of the UDC (hqudc.org). However, the ones I have seen do not have a lot of information in them. They will give you the name of the chapter that awarded the Cross and a little bit of other information.
There is a picture at the Wharton Museum of a group of people that included the CSA veterans when they gathered at the Wharton City Cemetery. But, no one in the picture is identified and the picture is not dated.
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