The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 212
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Austin. Carter, born in 1831 in Maury County, Tennessee, was
educated at Jackson College, Columbia, Tennessee, and in the
Law School at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. He
came to Austin in 1852 and later was alderman, city attorney,
and mayor." He became a conspicuous figure in Austin's military
organization. Carter died from wounds received at Gettysburg in
1863. The Capitol Guards was commanded by Captain George
Hancock, with George H. Gray as first sergeant.
On April 24, 1861, Governor Clark issued a second proclama-
tion, calling for an additional five thousand troops for service in
the Confederate Army. There was a great deal of protest because
the Confederate government was not calling for mounted troops.
The governor said, "These are not times for individual prefer-
ences in favor of the description of service." Travis County
was in the First Sub-District of the Second Military District, and
Thomas Green of Austin was aide-de-camp and William G. Miller
of Bastrop was enrolling officer of the district."9 The Austin
military companies met again for further organization and drills
on Saturday, April 27, and again at 3 P.M. on May 4, in front of
the capitol. The Capitol Guards Cavalry Division organized on
the capitol grounds on Monday, May 6, with Wash Hammett
elected as captain.0
Captain Carter's Austin City Light Infantry Company was
preparing to "go to war." Colonel McCulloch was routing the
United States troops from Texas around San Antonio, and Colonel
Van Dorn was routing them along the coast. On Saturday evening,
April 27, Miss S. D. Crozier presented a Confederate flag to Cap-
tain Carter's company. She said:
On the eve of your departure for the seat of war, to undergo the
perils and hardships of a soldier's life, I beg leave to present you the
flag of our country. As yet but seven stars adorn the blue field of our
banner, but have we not every reason to know that when our Con-
gress shall assemble at Montgomery on Monday next, that Virginia
will be at our national capitol, asking to add one more star to the
flag of the Confederate States of America?
Captain Carter accepted the flag and replied, "Should it be our
78Davis, The Campaign from Texas to. Maryland, 78.
T9Texas State Gazette, April 27, 1861, p. a.
soSouthern Intelligencer, May 8, 1861, p. i.
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