The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 364
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fifty dollars which he had requested, since there was no exchange
between North and South.
It can be assumed that Edward wrote letters after May, 1861,
but they do not appear to have reached their destination. Details
of his life beyond this time are limited to three references written
by George Walling.
The withdrawal of Federal troops from western posts at the
outset of the war incited Indians to depredations along the Texas
frontier. Edward, encouraged, it appears, by his newly found asso-
ciate and prospective partner, A. J. Ballard, joined in an Indian
scouting party, otherwise unidentified.
Shortly thereafter, during the summer and fall of 1861, General
H. H. Sibley organized a brigade of volunteers at Salado and San
Antonio to occupy the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico. The
regiments attracted young men accustomed to the saddle. Ballard
enlisted, and his action appears to have been decisive for Edward,
who enrolled on July 17, 1861, in the Mounted Rifles, Hays
County, 26th Brigade, Texas Militia.
George Walling, in his letters mentioned above, noted the
dilemma which he, as well as Edward and other recent arrivals
from the North, faced at this time and the forces which drew them
into the armed services. Writing to his cousin Thomas Burrowes
from the Rio Grande where he was stationed in September, 1863,
and where he had recently received the first communications from
relatives in New Jersey in two years through an intermediary at
Camargo on the Mexican side of the river, he observed:
He [Edward] was tending to his little stock of cattle faithfully,
had bought a piece of land, built a house, which by the way I
considered as unnecessary as I told him it would divert that much of
his funds from his business before any necessity existed for it, and
that he would have more or less idle fellows hanging about him,
but he said that a young man by the name of A. J. Ballard was
going into partnership with him, that he expected some funds from
his people in Arkansas, and Ballard was also about to buy horses
and by payment of five hundred dollars to him was to become an
equal partner; and such a note executed by Ballard we now have,
but the $500 have never yet been paid. The war was commenced
and Ballard found but little difficulty in persuading Edward to go
with him. ...
Like most young men he loved adventure, but now about to be-
Here’s what’s next.
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