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train officers who were to fight for secession. The following
officers of the 2nd U. S. Cavalry joined the Confederacy and
most of them became famous: Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert
E. Lee, William B. Hardee, Earl Van Dorn, E. Kirby Smith,
Nathan G. Evans, Charles W. Field, Walter H. Jenifer, John
T. Shaaff, George B. Crosby, John Bell Hood, Joseph F. Minter,
Charles W. Phifer, Fitzhugh Lee, Manning M. Kimmel, George
A. Cunningham and Wade H. Gibbs.
In April, 1856, Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee joined his
command at Camp Cooper on the Clear Fork of the Brazos, five
miles east of the mouth of the Oteys Creek, in Throckmorton
County; in June and July, he was in command of an expedition
against the Comanches in West Texas.
In July, 1857, he assumed command of his regiment when
Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston left to take charge of the expe-
dition against the Mormons in Utah. His father-in-law, George
Washington Park Custis, the adopted son of George Washington
and grandson of Mrs. Washington, died October 10, 1857, leaving
Colonel Lee as his executor, so he left October 21st for Arlington,
I examined the General and Special Orders of the Depart-
ment of Texas during the time Colonel Lee was in command and
prior to that time. I was much impressed with the care and
good judgment, as well as the humanity shown in Colonel Lee's
orders, many of which, like the following, he himself signed. At
that time soldiers were often sentenced to punishments that would
be considered inhuman now. Such punishments as branding with
a hot iron, flogging, or carrying a 30 or 40-pound log all day
for a month were not unusual. In nearly every case Colonel Lee
disapproved, or modified, such sentences. I believe this is the
first time the following order has been published since it was
COLONEL ROBERT E. LEE'S REPORT ON INDIAN COMBATS IN TEXAS
No. 16 ) Headquarters, Department of Texas,
General Orders ) San Antonio, October 30th, 1860.
The Colonel commanding takes pleasure in publishing to the
Department a statement of the combats of the troops in Texas,
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