The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 214
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
After dinner the entire group was reviewed by Governor Clark
and his staff, and the governor made a speech. The Gazette re-
marked that during the day only two or three men showed signs
of intoxication. The Austin company escorted the troops that
evening to the road to San Antonio. One of Captain Good's com-
pany almost drowned in crossing the Colorado River, but a Negro
in a small boat rescued him.84
The Gazette editor stressed the need for camps of instruction.
To-day we are to meet ... a race like ourselves, at least in intelli-
gence; well supplied with finances, with weapons of the most im-
proved kind, and with men and arms reflecting all the modern per-
fection of art. ... We must have knowledge, experience, practice.
We have in our city several pieces of artillery, and yet how few
among us know how to use them in action President Davis calls for
eight thousand infantry troops-not for eight thousand men.85
Governor Clark finally issued a proclamation on June 8 calling
for the establishment of camps of instruction. On June o Gen-
eral Order Number 4 was issued at Headquarters, Texas State
Troops, San Antonio, and provided for camps of infantry instruc-
tion in compliance with the governor's proclamation. The camps
were to operate forty days, beginning on July 15, with the troops
of District Two (including Travis County military companies) to
begin on July i as an experimental camp. The counties were to
furnish food, equipment, and transportation. W. H. D. Carring-
ton was appointed chairman of Travis County to solicit contribu-
tions for the camp of instruction for the Second Military Dis-
trict. James P. McKinney was named quartermaster of the district.
On Wednesday, May 15, the Southern Intelligencer, still edited
by Union sympathizers, printed so-called "treasonable" material
under a column entitled "Letter to the People." A public meet-
ing was called to consider what action should be taken against
the paper. Before the meeting was held on May 18, the editor
of the Intelligencer proclaimed that publication of the material
had been a mistake, and the meeting was called off.,
The Texas Adjutant General's Office, under William Byrd, tried
sRlbid., May 18, 1861, p. 5.
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