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corporals, a bugler, and forty-four privates.89 About June 12
Captain Rhodes Fisher became commanding officer of a new
company designated the Austin City Light Infantry Company.
Captain Carter's company became the Tom Green Rifles. Captain
Fisher ordered his men to meet at the capitol on July 15 to turn
in their weapons to have each uniformly equipped with per-
Little was reported in the Gazette about John Marshall's de-
parture from Austin on Sunday, May 1 2. A notice said he would
be absent for a few weeks in Mississippi. Marshall went to Vir-
ginia where he pleaded with President Davis to sign a request
for twenty companies of Texas infantry to serve in Virginia.o
Davis signed the request about June lo, although details for the
Texas Brigade were not completed until July.
In a letter from Richmond, dated June 7, Marshall wrote: "Let
me say that on every hand I heard that Texas is wanted here, if
but for the moral effect of her fearful name. ... Let every man
demand constant drill and never weary of it until the battle is
to be fought."91
The Tom Green Rifles were preparing to leave for the camp
of infantry instruction on the San Marcos River in Hays County.
On June 22 the Rifles assembled in the House of Representa-
tives and heard an address by Reverend J. W. Ziveley, and on
June 24 Miss Eleanor H. Gregg, Bishop Gregg's daughter, pre-
sented a Confederate flag to the company. The Rifles left for
camp on June 27. On the day before, a caravan of forty-one
wagons, the light battery of Captain W. R. Bradfute, scarcely
paused as it passed through Austin on its way to join General
Ben McCulloch at Fort Smith, Arkansas.
The editor of the Gazette called for less flag-making and more
clothes-making. He said that "in actual service, flags are not
always carried even by regiments, and by companies they are
John Hemphill spoke to the citizens of Austin in the House
of Representatives at 3 P.M., on June 29, pleading with them to
91abid., June 29, 1861, p. 1.
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