The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 47
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers 47
one. To show how general it was in its attacks I quote from
Henry Middlebrooks of our company. He said his mother had
told him he had measles when a babe and he had measles when
he was fifteen years old and he had them now so badly as to be
rendered unfit for duty and was discharged from the service.
Captain Strobel's company was first to lose a man from this epi-
demic, M. G. I-Iarborough being the victim. The hospitals at
Nashville and many private houses were filled with the sick and
dying. I was sent to one of the hospitals where for weeks I was
kept alive by the best of nursing and attention of the good ladies
of Nashville who, in regular reliefs, nursed the sick night and day.
God bless the good ladies of Nashville. They will always have
a warm place in my heart, for my own mother could not have nursed
me more carefully and constantly. The epidemic continued its
fight upon the regiment until the middle of December, maybe a
little longer. About that time I reported to the regiment for duty
at a little village about fifteen miles north of Bowling Green, Ken-
tucky, Oakland by name, where I joined about 150 men able for
duty. Over 1000 men had been eliminated by measles; many of
them died and others were discharged on account of disability and
others still to return later on as they recovered. I can't recall
numbers now, but I might safely say as many or perhaps more
in our regiment died of this epidemic than were killed in battle
in the four years the war continued.
An incident connected with the removal of the regiment from
Nashville to Kentucky I feel should be mentioned at this time.
Colonel Terry as a precaution against possible trouble had arranged
for guards to be placed around the camp every night to prevent
the men from going up town. The men, undisciplined as they were,
looked upon this as an unnecessary restriction upon their general
liberty, and so some of the most determined ones would manage
to get out and go up every night and sometimes they would get
unruly or noisy from drink and fall into the hands of the police
and be locked up; but generally they were released after short
detention and a promise of good behavior in the future. In this
way there was some bad blood between the "cops" and the Texans,
which soon brought on a crisis and bloodshed and death to some of
the police force. One night three or four soldiers slipped by the
guards, went up town, imbibed too freely of booze, went to the
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