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COLONEL J. K. F. MANSFIELD'S REPORT OF THE
INSPECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT
OF TEXAS IN 1856
(Continued from the October, 1938, Number.)
Fort Brown 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th May.
At this post were 3 companies of the 4th Artillery, towit, K
and M, and Light Company B, under Major Giles Porter who
has been in command since 23rd August 1853. This command
was in a good state of discipline, and all its departments properly
conducted. Connected with this post, is the quartermaster's land-
ing and buildings at Brazos Santiago. The strength of this com-
mand is as follows,-Field & Staff, Major G. Porter, Asst Sur-
geon Thos. A. McParlin, Paymaster J. R. Hagner, an Ordnance
Sergeant, and the Rev. Wm. Passmore, chaplin.
Light Company B. Capt. J. W. Phelps; 1st Lt. R. W. Howard;
2d Lt. O. F. Solomou, Act Commissary of Subsistence, &
Asst Quartermaster: 1 Lieut I. C. Booth absent without leave,
and not yet returned from a leave of absence to the 1 May.-3
Sergeants, 3 Corporals, 3 buglers, 34 privates for duty-8 on
extra duty-10 sick-3 confined. Total 63 enlisted men and 3
officers and 34 serviceable horses.,
Company K. Capt (vacant): 1st Lieut. J. P. Garech6 Bt
Capt & Ast Adjt Genl since 28th Nov. 1855.-1st Lieut. T. S.
Garland absent sick since transferred to the Company: 2d Lieut.
S. H. Weed in command-1 Sergeant, 2 Corporals, 2 Musicians
16 privates for duty-6 on extra duty-5 sick. Total 1 officer
and 32 men.
Company M. Capt (vacant); 1st Lieut W. G. Gill in command;
2d Lt. H. Pelouze; 1st Lt. C. L. Best absent since 8th May 1855
sick-3 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 2 Musicians, 5 privates for duty-
4 in extra duty-2 confined-4 sick. Total 2 Officers & 21 men.
Aggregate force at command 7 officers & 87 men of the line.
The Light Company was in the mixed uniform of old frocks
and jackets, but in good discipline, & handsomely drilled by
Capt Phelps who is a meritorious & ambitious officer; but he
laboured under the disadvantage of poor and rotten harness &
a miserable old brick stable two stories high formerly a gun shed
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101107/. Accessed August 1, 2014.