The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

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was to be known as Hood's Brigade." On June 27, 1862, he was
promoted to captain."
Wounded slightly in the second battle of Manassas," Barziza
was soon back in service, only to be wounded again, and left on
the field at Gettysburg. Captured by the Yankees, he recuperated
in prison at Johnson's Island. Around February 15, 1864, while
he was being transferred with a large group of prisoners from
Johnson's Island to another prison, Barziza leaped from the
window of a moving train at about three o'clock in the morning.
Landing unhurt, he walked into the nearby city of Huntingdon,
Pennsylvania, then made his way on foot and by train to Phila-
delphia, New York City, and finally, Canada.
From Canada he caught steamers to Nova Scotia, then Bermuda,
and thence, on a blockade-runner, the steamship Edith, made his
way back to North Carolina.
In late 1864 and early 1865, he wrote his memoirs of these ex-
citing experiences. They were published anonymously in 1865
by the Richardson sc Owen Printing Establishment of Houston.
The hardbound pocket-size book, entitled The Adventures of
a Prisoner of War, and Life and Scenes in Federal Prisons: John-
son's Island, Fort Delaware, and Point Lookout, by An Escaped
Prisoner, Of Hood's Texas Brigade, is presently extremely rare.24
The fiery young lawyer, who soon established himself in the
growing city of Houston, was obviously quick to take offense
and none too reluctant to give it. In June of 1867, he became
embroiled in a bitter public dispute with the editor of the
Houston Telegraph, which resulted in his issuing a challenge.
Bloodshed was avoided only by the intervention of mutual
friends.25
"Houston Telegraph, March 14, 1882.
"3Donald E. Everett (ed.), Chaplain Davis and Hood's Texas Brigade (San An-
tonio, 1962), 203. Barziza is shown on the Muster Roll of the Fourth Regiment,
Texas Volunteers, prepared for Chaplain N. A. Davis.
23Davis mentioned that "Barziza .. received a slight wound in the arm." Ibid.,
113.
" One copy is in the Archives, Texas State Library. Another is soon to be in the
Texas Collection, University of Texas.
25Dallas Herald, July 13, 1867, stated that:
The difficulty between Col. C. C. Gillespie, editor of the Houston Telegraph, and
D. U. Barziza, Esq., which came near resulting in a deadly street fight, has, we
are pleased to learn, been honorably and satisfactorily adjusted by mutual friends

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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 October 23, 2014.