The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 40
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place and overshadowed by the tragic events on every side. War
was declared by Lincoln on the seceded States, calling for troops
from the other Southern States to help put down the rebellion.
The Confederate Government had been formed at Montgomery,
Alabama. A blaze of enthusiasm and resentment sweeping over
the southland prompted patriots on every hand to get ready to
defend their homes and firesides against the ravages and destruc-
tion of an insolent foe who was then moving to invade the South.
The seceded States established drill and instruction camps in dif-
ferent parts of their borders, training men on every hand for
effectual fighting. The camps were provided with competent drill
masters, mobilization went on day after day through the spring
and the early summer and on through the year, and regiments
were formed and sent forward towards the seat of war until thou-
sands upon thousands were mustered into service from every section
that year, the year of 1861. I spent several weeks at Camp Clark
on the San Marcos River, drilling and learning military tactics
at that camp. of instruction. All conversation on every side per-
tained to war and incidents and hopes and fears connected there-
with. The question of, "Are you going to the war?" was rarely
asked, but "Where will you go ?"
I had a room-mate the last session in school named Foley, large
hearted, intellectual and a poet, a Baptist preacher of ability, and
a native of New York City. He and I discussed the question often
and while we both preferred cavalry service, being good horse-
men, he preferred to go west and northwest with the first regiment
formed, I to go towards the east in order to be upon the main
fields of battle even if I had to go with the infantry. We separated.
He enlisted in Colonel Ford's Second Texas Cavalry and went to
meet the. enemy that was threatening Texas from the northwest.
The next news I had from that Command, Foley had been killed
in a charge on a battery at Valverda or Glorietta, New Mexico, (I
have forgotten which) killed by the last shot fired from that bat-
tery before its capture. Thus passed from earth one of the
noblest spirits I ever knew.
I considered a proposition from Captain Fly who was raising a
company in our neighborhood for the 2nd Texas infantry and
at one time told him I thought I might join his company when they
got ready to start, but told him of my preference for the cavalry.
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