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Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865. 45
COL. GEORGE WYTHE BAYLOR, San Diego, Guadalajava, Mexico.
-Born Aug. 24, 1832, at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation, and enlisted in
the Confederate Army on March 17, 1861, at Weatherford, Tex., as First
Lieutenant of Company H, Second Texas Mounted Rifles. There were
two regiments organized, First and Second Texas. One was commanded
by J. S. Ford and the other by Henry E. McCulloch. My first Captain was
Hamner and my first Colonel was John S. Ford. We enlisted for three
years, or during the war, and were sworn into the service at San Antonio
in May. Ford's regiment had four companies. It went to El Paso, there
became Pyron's regiment and enlisted more men and companies, and went
to Louisiana under Gen. Tom Green. Was never wounded, but was badly
scared by being hit on the nose at Shiloh April 6, 1862. Had a horse shot
under me at Yellow Bayou, La., in 1864. Was never made prisoner. Was
elected First Lieutenant of Company H, and went to El Paso under my
brother, Lieut. Col. Baylor. Was appointed aide to Gen. Albert Sydney
Johnston, and after his death was appointed Major, with authority to
raise first a battalion, then afterwards a regiment, and was appointed Colonel
of Second Arizona Regiment. Was in the capture of the U. S. regulars
at Organ Mountains, Ariz., now New Mexico. Was at Shiloh, and in all
the fights in Louisiana in which Col. Tom Green figured; Mansfield, Cane
River, Monett's Ferry, Marksville, Mansura and Yellow Bayou. Had the
pleasure of escorting Gen. Banks (as Brigadier General W. P. Lane, commander
of Baylor's brigade, was wounded at Mansfield). As I was senior
Colonel, took command till the close of the campaign. It is difficult to
select any particular event where all was strenuous. It was our misfortune
that we were not prepared for war. We began behind a little and
could never catch up. If the Louisiana forces had been equipped as well
as the Virginia troops we would have sent all of Ben Butler's fleet to the
bottom of the Mississippi River, and this lacked only a few days of being
completed. And if Gen. Albert Sydney Johnston had not been killed at
Shiloh we would have captured the Federal Army. I was in command
of my brigade at the time we captured the "City Belle" with troops, destroyed
the Covington, and Signal No. 8, gunboats, and captured the
"Warren," a steamboat loaded with supplies and troops going up the
river. At the battle of Mansfield it was my regiment that lead the charge
of Gen. Hardeman's division, which turned the enemy's right wing and
put them to flight. All Gen. Hardeman's division were in the charge.
We captured quite a number of prisoners. It was these men who were
killed at the last volley, and among them was Gen. Mouton, as brave a
man as any of Napoleon's marshals. I would like to say here that I
was not fighting for a thing which I believed to be right, but for one
which I knew to be right, the defense of the Constitution as our forefathers
left it to us-the right to hold our slaves, and the right of the
States to govern their own internal affairs. We went down, but the day
will come when the doctrine of States Rights will be as dear to the American
people as it was to Dixie.. We had the right, but not the power to
secede. Massachusetts set the example by threatening to secede if any
more slave territory was added. We are now united, and it is a matter
of pride with me that Dixie put up a good fight and that the American
has proved to be the best soldier on earth. They have conquered in
every war in which they have been engaged, and never were whipped
till they fought each other. God grant that we may ever remain one
JEFFERSON P. BAZE, Brady, Tex.-Was born June 21, 1844, near
County Site, McNary County, Tennessee. Enlisted in the Confederate
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