The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 220
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had been obtained, and the troops had to leave many supplies
behind.'" A letter in the September 14, i861, Gazette, from "W"
described the journey across the swamps to the Calcasieu River.
Rain began to fall as the troops marched away from Niblett's
Bluff, and before they reached the Calcasieu River, they had to
ford some swamps with water up to the men's waists or higher.
On August 20 they reached the Calcasieu, and on August 22
crossed the river at Glendenning Ferry. It took almost all night
to ferry the wagons across the river.
The troops arrived at Lafayette on August 28 and reached New
Iberia on August 29. When the volunteers marched into New
Iberia, they were wet and ragged but they managed to sing
"Dixie."'08 A steamer at New Iberia carried the troops down
Bayou Teche to the railroad at Brashear City. They traveled by
rail to New Orleans, reaching there on September 1. They con-
tinued by rail from New Orleans to Richmond, and, after a long
stopover at Knoxville, Tennessee, awaiting transportation, reached
Richmond on September 12. The troops moved to Camp Texas
near Richmond about September 14.
The Texas Brigade was officially organized in September, and
the Tom Green Rifles became Company B, 4th Regiment. Colonel
John Bell Hood was commanding officer of the regiment and
Lieutenant Colonel Marshall was second in command. The bri-
gade moved from Camp Texas to Powell's Run near Dumfries,
Virginia, about November 12, where the troops remained for
Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry and Lieutenant Colonel
Thomas S. Lubbock mustered the Texas Rangers (8th Texas Cav-
alry) into the service of the Confederacy on September 9 at Hous-
ton. The Rangers left by the same route as the Texas Brigade on
September 11, and the first group reached Nashville on October
4. Originally scheduled for service in Virginia, the Rangers'
orders were changed to General Albert Sidney Johnston's com-
mand at Grand Junction, Tennessee. On October 14 the Rangers
reached Camp Johnston, about two miles from Bowling Green,
Kentucky, where they remained until December, when they
105Davis, The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, 7.
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