The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 49
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
out and sent to the Secretary of War at Richmond, Virginia, and an
application made for numbering the regiment, and for commissions
for all commissioned officers of the same. The number assigned us
was 8th Texas Cavalry, when we would have been 2nd Texas Cav-
alry but for the two or three months interval between our enroll-
ment and our final organization. The first duty assigned us was
to patrol and picket all that section from Bowling Green north as
far up as Woodsonville on Green River, Kentucky.
The winter came on with much snow and hard freezing weather.
The men were coming in slo-wly from their sick beds. Those al-
ready in camps had to do double duty, owing to their small numbers
and the great amount of the work to be done. It was not uncom-
mon for men to be compelled to stand picket in the snow several
inches deep for four hours at a time and then be relieved for two
hours and be put in again for four hours. This duty was very trying
on the constitutions of those just recovering from an attack of
measles. This unusual experience brought bronchial troubles or
affections upon me, and although it did not send me to the hospital
again, yet I have never up to this day gotten entirely rid of it.
On the 17th day of December the regiment made a reconnais-
sance up near Woodsonville, Kentucky. The turnpike ran parallel
with the railroad for some distance before we reached the village.
Colonel Terry sent two companies up the railroad and the balance
of the regiment kept the pike. On near approach to the village
on Green River, the two companies came suddenly upon about an
equal number of the enemy who were concealed behind some hay-
stacks and a fence near the railroad, who saluted the Texans with
a volley of musketry which told heavily upon them, but the Texans
charged them on horseback and drove them back toward the village.
In the meantime the balance of the regiment had come up on a
rise or deviation in the pike in view of the conflict, several hundred
yards from us to our right. We were halted there for a little
while and sitting on our horses in column of twos when suddenly
without the least suspicion of what was about to happen, a heavy
volley of musketry was turned upon us from a black jack thicket
on the hillside east of us and very close to us. Colonel Terry im-
mediately ordered a charge, emphasizing the order with an oath
not easily forgotten, so we made a rush for those bushes concealing
a considerable force with bayonets fixed ready to receive us. With
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