The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 43
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
guns were put in the cars with us, each man retaining and wearing
his pistols as regularly as his clothes. At New Iberia was a gap,
where the road had not been built reaching to Brashear City,
Louisiana, about 100 miles. Over this gap, we were supposed to
walk and most of the company without a murmur commenced this
march. The captain had hired wagons to transport the baggage
and guns. A few men found horses they could hire for the trip
and so we started with eight or ten men riding horseback and the
balance on foot. The country was level, for the most part, the
road was good, but innumerable lagoons or sloughs lay across this
roadway from six inches to two feet deep and there was no way
to cross them except to wade them. With this kind of experience,
a half day found most of the men with blistered sore feet, and
the further we went the more aggravated was their condition. So
the captain, who was mounted, decided by the middle of the after-
noon he would mount his men by impressing horses for the balance
of the journey. That section was full of horses running in great
herds on its prairies, so he and his mounted men found a herd of
more than 100 head of all ages, sorts, and sizes, and penned them
on or near the road while his baggage wagons were halted at littiq
streams nearby. When the footmen reached the place they were
told to look up their baggage, take their lariats, go to the pen and
mount themselves, and the evening might be spent in breaking
their horses and getting ready for the march next day.
The ages of the horses were from three to eight years, many
of them had never been haltered before, some few were broken and
gentle, and some of the older ones had been handled some but
spoiled in attempting to break them and turned out on the range
to go free. Of this last class I got one, an eight year old, Clay-
bank gelding; but whatever their condition or habits, they were all
also A. M. Gentry to .Seeretay of War, Richmond, May 1, 1.861, Official
Records, ,Series IV, Vol. I, p. 1109.-C. W. R.
'This gap in the railroad ran from Orange through New Iberia to
Brashear City. L. B. Giles, Terry's Texas Rangers, pp. 15-16, says:
"From Houston to Beaumont, over a newly ,constructed railroad, it took
nearly all day to make eighty miles. From Beumont, by steamboat down
the Neches and up the Sabine to Niblett's Bluff; thence a hundred miles
on foot, through water much of the way; thence forty miles in carts.
. . . At New Iberia, on Bayou Teche, we were transferred to boats,
and went down between the beautiful banks of that stream to Brashear,
now Morgan City."-C. W. R.
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