The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 21
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Diary of a Texan Volunteer in the Mexican War
elected Capt company G to fill vacancy occasioned by the resigna-
tion of Capt Ferguson-the Doctor treated to 200 baskets of
Claret and we all got drunk-all hands were mustered on to day
for pay-muster or pay roll all wrong-the home fever is begin-
ning to rage-the regiment stands a fair light to break up-it is
settled that the Western regiment falls-old Taylor is sinking in
population [popularity] the Vol are cursing him en mass-Genl
HIenderson too is falling in the estimation of his men-Part of
the Miss Vol have arrived-K S II [Kemp S. Holland, uncle of
the writer] still below-2nd [of September] included in the
3rd. our muster or pay roll was Reed the Capt, Lt W and
myself dranle some wine--I visitted the Miss Vol-K S II not
yet arrived-had horses shod to day-
4th. J K H complaining of an enlargement of the leg-toler-
able bad I thank you-Dr W and Co go this morning to Mier-
To day is day long to be remembered by yr hbl svt-a day on
which a Mexican monster made his appearance in my head it was
a Spanish tirrantula alias a 1-s, the biggest fatest-plumpest
fellow you ever did see-it was of the Spanish origin but Spoke
the Castilian dialect-
nothing up to 8th Sept of any importance-during the time
Genl T['s] army are on the move to Monteray-(start not at the
redness of this ink-Taint blood!) We have been expecting
marching orders for some time-Genl started himself about the
4th or 5-Miss. Regiment arrived on the 4th I think-Reed a
note from Maj K S IH informing me that he had come etc I went
-down and met not only him but many old acquaintances-Reed
a letter from Bud and Mary Amanda. Doct W and Co returned
from Mier on the 6th the same day on which the Miss. Regt left-
on to day the 8th Guinn, Cheney-Ramsey-Thomas of our com-
pany (also Bill) Mitchell's Spell-Maloney etc of Marshall Guards
started to Town to leave for home-left on this (9th) morning-
on the 8th Jim Dillard, Doct Glenn-left for San Antonio-
together with 18 or 20 others-on the night of the 8th I being
one mile below at Capt Wheelers camp an alarm was given that
the Mexicans were firing upon Camargo and the Ala. Troops-
also upon our Regt being above-an order was given immediately
to saddle up and reconnoiter and report to Col Woods instanter-
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