TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. X. APRIL, 1907. No. 4.
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A GLIMPSE OF ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON THROUGH
THE SMOKE OF SHILOH.
J. B. ULMER.
Thirty-nine years ago, April 6th, 1862,1 was fought one of the
bloodiest battles that ever occurred on this continent, called by
the Confederates the Battle of Shiloh, from a large log church
somewhat to the left of the centre of our line of battle, which
was used by General Beauregard as his headquarters. But to
begin this tale of the long ago, I will say I was a member at that
time of Company C, Wirt Adams's Cavalry; a regiment composed
of companies from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisana. Our
Company was raised chiefly in Choctaw County, Alabama, with
contingents from both Washington and Clarke Counties. One of
the commissioned officers, Lieutenant White, was from Washing-
ton County. The Company was raised early in the summer of
1861 and organized at Mt. Sterling, Alabama, with F. Y. Gaines,
captain; W. W. Long, W. P. Cheney and - White, lieutenants.
Our services had been offered through the governor of the State
to the Confederate government. We were fully equipped with
Sharp's rifles, sabers, Colt's army revolvers, and the regular U.
S. dragoon saddles. Our uniform was a heavy gray cassimere, with
the proper trimmings incident to that branch of the service. This
equipment, including the uniforms, was presented to the company
1This narrative was written in 1901.
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