The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 45
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
the death of the one and the fatal wounding of the other. The
ladies had also brought my saddle, blanket and lariat to the house.
Now night had come on. Our company was a day's journey
ahead of us and we two soldiers were left to shift for our trans-
portation the best we could. We consulted about what was best to
be done. Patton had learned the family possessed two carriage
horses in their barn and we paid the ladies $5.00 for their use to
ride until we should overtake our company, pledging our honor as
soon as we reached the camp to return them by their driver who was
to accompany us. We saddled up and started at once, riding all
night before we overtook the company. We sent back the horses
with many thanks and journeyed from there to Brashear City,
Patton and I in baggage wagons. At Brashear City we were all
put on railroad trains again and soon after reached New Orleans,
where we were quartered in a cotton compress building. Next
day, aboard the cars on the Mississippi Central road we resumed our
journey, without any incident of note until we reached Grand
Junction, Tennessee, where we received a telegram from Colonel
Terry ordering us to remain there awaiting further orders from
About two days later another message came announcing the
fact that General Albert Sidney Johnston had interceded with the
Secretary of War for our service-I mean the services of this Terry
Ranger Regiment-and that we should take up our journey for
Nashville, Tennessee, where General Johnston had arranged for our
horses and munitions of war. This change of destination brought
deep disappointment and displeasure to every one, as their hearts
had been set on going to Virginia. General A. S. Johnston was
a. West Pointer, had served in the U. S. army both in the Mexican
War and later on western frontier. He had a home and farm in
Texas, and had resigned his position in the army when Texas se-
ceded from th.e TTnion and accepted service in the Confederate
army, and was at that time commanding the nucleus of what was
afterwards the army of Tennessee, at Bowling Green, Kentucky.
To Nashville we journeyed, and when we reached the city, en-
camped on the old fair grounds in West Nashville. Other com-
panies of the regiment soon followed us and in a short time the
whole regiment was encamped at Nashville.
The news of our coming and stories of the marvelous acts of
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