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sumed again in 1865, with nearly all new names. The great
war had intervened between those two dates. The last meeting
of the company, before the war, was held in May, 1861. As a
matter of general interest I give the roster of the company at
Officers-E. R. Bremond, foreman; Ed Riordan, assistant foreman;
J. B. Cato, secretary; G. L. Griscom, assistant secretary;
D. K. Rice, treasurer; J. C. Baldwin, president; F. H. Bailey,
Members-R. A. Allen, W. H. Allen, T. P. Brain, J. S. Benton,
E. A. Burke, C. Buckley, W. H. Clark, C. A. Darling, R. W. De
Lesdernier, T. P. Evert, Charles Eika, C. G. Fisher, H. Fleishman,
A. J. Hay, F. L. Hoffman, A. J. Hurley, J. W. Mangum,
J. R. Morris, C. H. Merriman, A. S. Mair, George Merriweather,
J. D. McClary, Thomas O'Donnell, Louis Pless, G. W. Perkins,
F. A. Rice, I. C. Shaffer, J. H. Sawyer, W. C. Timmins, Ed
White, W. F. Wright, W. Williams, C. Westlake.
Now some person has marked in the book certain notes giving,
here and there, information concerning these old members.
These notes are very brief and do not do justice to the memory
of the men. For instance, opposite the name of F. L. Hoffman,
is this entry: "Killed by the Yankeys." The others are equally
as brief and unsatisfying. Now as I chance to know some of
them and of the records they made in the Confederate army,
I propose to give a brief history of them and ask Judge Gillaspie
to paste it in the old book. As a matter of fact nearly
every member of the company went into the Confederate army.
I. C. Stafford organized the first company that left Houston and
rose to the rank of major. Ed Riordan also left as captain of
a company. Captain F. A. Rice served on Magruder's staff,
I believe. There were a number of others, who I am sure were
in the army, though I am not certain where they served. I do
know all about five of them, because they were members of
Hood's Texas Brigade, all but one, Captain Dave Rice, belonging
to the Bayou City Guards, Company A, Fifth Texas Regiment.
T. P .Bryan was killed at the battle of the Wilderness, on May
J. W. DeIesdernier was killed at Gains' Farm, June 27, 1862.
W. H. Clark belonged to Company A, and after Onderdonk, the
color bearer, was disabled at Gains' Farm, he became color
bearer for the Fifth Regiment. Clark was badly wounded in
Chickamauga, September 19, 1863, and was again dangerously
wounded while bearing the colors at the Wilderness,
1864. This last time he was incapacitated for further service
Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young.. Galveston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/. Accessed September 2, 2015.