The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 2
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
worse if possible than death-for when death comes upon us the
grief subsides and now we are parting from our friends perchance
never to meet again-which leaves them in miserable suspence as
to our future fate but such is the call-let us respond like men-
After our gloomy reflections passed away-six cheers was
echoed-re-echoed through camp-to the Donor of our Colors--
the motto she gave with it will long, long be remembered-the
motto will be Leona ?emoria in eterna-Thought of our parting
state crept upon us until we crossed the Sabine (4 o'clock) when
a general drunken spree ensued at the expense of J. M. Pelham
he too sharing a goodly portion-Myself keeping him very good
company-Thence to camp Egg-2 miles up the River when fun,
frolic, drunkenness, and hilarity was the order of the night--
The Capt's order to the contrary notwithstanding-other scenes
occurring which however are not necessary to mention just here--
Jo Pelham, M V Mann, and Spear II [olland] Junior guests at
Mess No. 1-all slept pretty well-tho tolerable rough sleeping--
but we expected hardship and heroes for it with a full determina-
tion to see the Elephant and the Monkey.
25th. All hands up bright and early-all enquiring for the
nearest water-Several of us dull and heavy all day-Took up
the line of march-Capt -I in charge of 1st Division--Lieut[.]
S. the 2nd and Lieut II [olland, the writer] the 3rd. Today's
travel was drowned in thoughts of home friends and those dear
creatures we left behind us.
Doct. W. tried to have a chill but coul'dnt [sic] come it--
travelled 22 miles to camp Tick (old Shepherd )--when scratch-
ing, eating, grumbling-was the order of the night a great dis-
position to rob one of the old man's bee gums was manifested but
by some means or other it was not touched--J K I [the writer]
could'nt [sic] sleep--cause quite evident. Reflecting on scenes
and circumstances that occurred the day before and night pre-
vious coming from Ballards.
Long may my thoughts live when centered on the object of
my Reflections on that night-in memoria eterna-J. B. P. tried
and found guilty of disorderly conduct Lieut I-I and orderly
Standifer found guilty of the same offense-Very pleasant night-
Company agreeable-Court of inquiry called-Lieut. S. in the
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