The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 218
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218 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
About July 15 the Gazette editor visited the San Marcos camp
where General Thomas Green was in command and Colonel R.
T. P. Allen drilled the troops for the visitors. Governor Clark,
William Byrd, and W. S. Oldham were present, and several
speeches were made concerning the duties of soldiers. General
Van Dorn declined to speak."
Off to War
The July g issue of the Gazette announced that Governor
Clark would point out the areas for mustering the twenty com-
panies of infantry to serve in Virginia. Each company was to
clothe itself and furnish transportation to the embarkation point,
and each company was to have one captain, one first lieutenant,
two second lieutenants, four sergeants, four corporals, two musi-
cians, and a hundred privates. Full particulars for the Texas
Brigade were revealed in the Gazette of July 13. General Van
Dorn was to carry out the orders of Governor Clark, who decided
which companies would be among the twenty. The companies
were to muster at Brenham, go by rail from there to the Sabine
River, thence overland to Berwick's Bay, and by rail from there
The Tom Green Rifles were selected as one of the twenty com-
panies. The Austin company probably received the news of its
selection while training in Hays County. Captain Carter's com-
pany returned from the San Marcos camp and encamped at Bar-
ton's Springs. On Wednesday night, July 18, the Tom Green
Rifles gathered before the capitol, along with Captain Fisher's
company and Captain Willke's artillery company. Bishop Gregg
gave an address and Governor Clark spoke. With drum and flag
the three companies marched down Congress Avenue and out
of sight. The other companies escorted Captain Carter's com-
pany to Matthew's Springs, where they bade the Tom Green
Rifles farewell. The Rifles began their march to Harrisburg the
next morning, July 19, where the rendezvous had been changed
from Brenham. The Gazette editor said of the first company to
leave Austin, "We hope to see them all again, and hear the
glorious story of the war."00 The soldiers were accorded public
receptions at Webberville and at other places along the route.
9Olbid., July 2o, x861, p. 2.
loolbid., July 20o, 1861, p. 3.
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