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distance, Capt. Turner was the first officer (I think the flag was next to
his company) who came up to me. I called his attention to the Fourth
Texas flag, and suggested that he caution our men about shooting in that
direction, which he did. The Fifth Texas then passed beyond the tents
and formed, then followed the retreating- enemy to near battery No. 1,
where the Fourth Texas flag bearer was sitting on a cannon. If the Fifth
Texas could have crossed the creek easily they would have been first on the
hill, but the Fourth Texas is entitled to this honor, as I myself witnessed.
We then turned to the left, where there were some hay stacks; the officers
then discovered that many Federals were still running out from the
works we had just passed, that we had better go back and put a stop to it;
so we faced and marched back to the tents, where we met a regiment 1,100
strong. They first appeared like they intended to give us battle, some of
them did fire into the regiment. We were then about thirty feet apart,
and when they did our boys began to advance and fire upon them; with
this they cried out with terrible rapidity, "We surrender." Some one answered,
"Throw down your guns," and they seemed to drop them simultaneously,
and many of them ran toward the flag, falling on their knees
and begging for their lives. Some one said to them: "Stand up and die
like men." Some of the boys ran to the Colonel to take his sword, but he
said he would surrender it to an officer. After this Lieut. Col. Upton soon
appeared and he took it.
After this close to the left another regiment was taken trying to get
out; its size I did not learn.
I could write much more about this battle, but space forbids.
THOMAS BRATTON, Fort Worth, Texas.-Born in Shropshire, England,
and enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861, in Tarrant County,
Texas, as private. My first captain was G. M. Roberts and my first Colonel
was Geo. D. Alexander. Was afterwards transferred to Capt. Polk's company
under Lieut. Col. Hill. I first went to work for the State, but was
afterwards transferred to the Confederate Government under the officers
named above, and served till the close of the war in the Trans-Mississippi
Department. I asked permission to go into the field service, but was refused.
THOMAS EMERSON BRECKENRIDGE of Terrell, Texas.-Born Dec.
2, 1845 at Nana-fa-lia, Ala. Enlisted in the Confederate Army in July,
1861, as private in Company C. Witherspoon Guards, Twenty-First Alabama
Regiment, Gen. Gladden's Brigade, Gen. Withers' Division, Gen.
Bragg's Corps, Army of Tennessee.
My first Captain was James Rembert, first Colonel, James. Crawford.
Served twelve months in this command. My health having failed at Corinth,
Miss., was discharged in November, 1862, and in 1863 before my
health was completely restored I enlisted in Company B, Eighth Alabama
Cavalry, Capt. H. H. Horton commanding this company, Col. Livingston
commanding the regiment, Gen. James H. Clanton, brigade commander.
Was never wounde or taken prisoner. I was in the battles of Shiloh,
Decatur, Lochapoka and a number of skirmishes. Our command scouted
from Rome, Ga., to Decatur, Ala., covering a large scope of the country,
protecting Selma, Rome and Dalton Railroad and railroad bridge over the
I have always tried to do my full duty, never shirked or dodged anything
that came into my line of service. When I was discharged from the in
Yeary, Mamie. Reminiscences of the boys in gray, 1861-1865 / compiled by Mamie Yeary.. Dallas, Tex.. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29786/. Accessed March 14, 2014.