The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 259
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Texans in the Spanish-American War
Sergeants and corporals from Company M, Second Texas Volunteer Infantry. Photograph
courtesy of U.S. Army Military Hisloy Institute, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
high rank. One applicant, for example, tried to impress upon the gover-
nor just how anxious he was to do his civic duty in uniform. He urged the
governor, however, to appoint him to the rank of colonel on the gover-
nor's staff. Although many of those who came forward may very well have
done so from the purest of patriotic motives, some undoubtedly did so
only so they could wear fancy officers' uniforms and be addressed by offi-
cers' titles. In fact, of the hundreds of letters that poured into the gover-
nor's office, few, if any, came from prospective privates. Nor would most
of these potential leaders of men be satisfied commanding mere pla-
toons, or even companies. Such mundane tasks were certainly unworthy
of their consideration. "What a vast volunteer force this country could
quickly put in the field," opined a Houston editor, "if only colonels and
majors were wanted.""'
The martial mood of Texans, however, was not one of unabated enthu-
siasm. Josua Wright, a former Confederate soldier, expressed a very dif-
ferent sentiment than the two hundred Confederate naval veterans in
Dallas who were willing to go to war again. He wrote:
I know that public sentiment is growing very rife
You can hear the way the people talk, you can hear the drum and fife.
"' Houston Daily Post, Apr. 21, 25 (quotation), 1898.
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