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Marshall and Bumpass" and one company from Major Randolph's
Battalion, CSA, under Capt. [James D.] Young. The prompt and
meritorious conduct of Major Randolph in the premises, is fully
explained in the following dispatch to Cols. Bourland and Young:
The dispatch reads:
Camp Tishomingo, October 4, 1862, Gentlemen.
I am informed that quite a number of men, belonging to this Bat-
talion, are implicated by your investigation of the treasonable plot in
Cooke County. If so, please give me a list of their names. All who are
implicated here, are subject to your orders, and it will be my greatest
pleasure to arrest them, and if necessary assist you in hanging them.
If you need any more assistance, my services, and those of every true
southern man here, are at your disposal. Please forward at once the
names of every one who should be arrested. Respectfully, J. S. Ran-
dolph, Major. Comdg. Bat. Par Ran. CSA.
In the meantime, the militia of Cooke County had been organ-
ized under the able supervision of Brig. Genl. Wm. Hudson, and
placed under the command of that gallant Col. W. C. Twitty.
Sentinels were placed on every road approaching the town and
the troops kept constantly in line of battle. Reliable information
had been received that the members of the "Order" had organ-
ized and were preparing for an immediate attack upon the town
under the leadership of the Rev. Capt. Garrison, a Northern
minister, whose short residence in the country had inspired his
neighbors with more fear of his villainies than respect for his
On the night of October 2 1862, the citizens' picket encoun-
tered Capt. Garrison's force about eight miles from Gainesville,
a few shots exchanged, when Capt. Garrison halted for the pur-
pose of reconortering [sic]. At this juncture, one of the order de-
serted from town and informed Capt. Garrison of the strength
of the citizens' forces. This caused his retreat into Red River
bottom, where it is thought in a short time he disbanded his
forces and left each man to provide for his own safety. This com-
pany numbered about eighty men. Lock, Harper81 and other prom-
"8Probably A. B. or Abner M. Marshall and John K. Bumpass, captains in
Martin's Partisan Ranger Battalion.
81M. D. Harper was a thirty-three-year-old carpenter born in Virginia, who
settled in Cooke County after 1850, according to the 186o federal census. He
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed March 30, 2015.