The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 41
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
Weeks passed. At last the opportunity came. A regiment of cav-
alry was to be raised in western and southern Texas for service in
Virginia. Two Texans of wealth and leisure, B. F. Terry, a sugar
planter, and Thos. S. Lubbock, a lawyer, who were traveling in the
East-whether for business, pleasure, or curiosity, I know not-hap-
pened at or purposely were at the battle of first Manassas in Vir-
ginia, and rendered all the aid they could to the Southern cause.
Terry acted as volunteer aid to the commanding general, and Lubbock
also exposed his life in bearing messages during the contest. About
the middle of August commissions came to Terry and Lubbock from
the war department at Richmond, Virginia, authorizing them to
raise a regiment on certain conditions, viz.: each man to furnish
his own arms (double-barrelled shotgun and two six shooters),
his bridle, blanket, saddle, spurs, lariat, etc., the Government to
mount the men on good horses. The men should always select
their own officers from colonel down to. fourth corporal and serve
in the Virginia army as an independent command. This was the
opportunity that many had wished for and in less than twenty
days this call was answered by 1170 men assembling at Houston
to be enrolled in the regiment, afterwards called Terry's Texas
Rangers. Colonel Terry immediately after securing the commis-
sion selected ten men in different sections and counties of the
southern and western part of the State and asked them to raise a,
company of about a hundred men and bring them to Houston for
enrollment in the army as soon as practical.
The company which I joined was made up from Fayette, Lavaca
and Colorado counties, the majority being from Fayette. L. M.
Strobel, having the authority, enrolled the names and set a day
for meeting at Lagrange in Fayette County for organizing the
company by electing officers from captain to corporal. At the
called meeting Strobel was elected captain, W. R. Jarman first
lieutenant, Phocian and William Tate (brothers) were elected
second and third lieutenants, C. D. Barnett orderly sergeant, and
J. T. J. Culpepper second sergeant. I cannot recall with any
certainty the names of the other noncommissioned officers at this
date. Our next meeting was called for Houston, Texas, where we
were to be sworn in as soldiers of the Confederate States. Early
in September the city of Houston was filled with volunteers anxious
to enlist in the Terry Rangers. One thousand men were expected
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