The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 317
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south to the Rio Grande. From late August, 1862, to May, 1863,
Woods' men ranged from the San Antonio River to the Rio Grande,
protecting the area from possible Federal raids and border depre-
The threat of a Union invasion in the summer of 1863 affected
their transfer to the coastal region between Corpus Christi and Gal-
veston. The regiment saw little action, but marched and counter-
marched often through February, 1864. When orders came dismount-
ing the cavalrymen and reprimanding them for stealing chickens, 157
men deserted, forcing Woods to request a furlough to bring them
back. He returned with the men in time to lead his regiment on a long
march into Louisiana in April, 1864, to help meet a Union advance
up the Red River.
Finally at Blair's Landing the regiment saw action in a hard pressed
but unsuccessful attack on Union gunboats and transports in the Red
River. Later in April, 1864, Woods' men joined in an unsuccessful
effort to capture or destroy Banks' army at Monett's Ferry on Cane
River. The Texans then helped harass the Union withdrawal back
to the Mississippi River and participated in the bloody, drawn battle
of Yellow Bayou in May. Through the remaining months of the war
the regiment patroled the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana before re-
turning to Texas to disband in the spring of 1865.
Duaine has supplemented his interesting narrative with pictures
of several officers and men, maps of the areas in which they served,
casualty returns, and a complete roster of the regiment. Only when
the account ranges away from the story of Woods' men does it develop
weaknesses, such as a rather extreme stereotype of abolitionists and the
confusion of Tom Green with Thomas Jefferson Green. These are
only mild distractions, however, in a generally well researched history
of one of the little known Texas cavalry regiments serving in the
Trans-Mississippi area during the Civil War.
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