The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 64
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went back to Corinth as my command went eastward on their
journey towards Tennessee. My papers were not genuine.
I found my brother sick from exposure during the winter cam-
paign under Price in Missouri. I stayed with him all night and
next morning moved out early to overtake my command which was
by this time twenty miles and two days journey ahead of me. I
rode all day and a part of the night to overtake them. They had
captured a small scouting party of Yankees the night or day be-
fore I reached them.
Next morning a detail was called for from Company F to take
the prisoners, back to Corinth, and I was called on to be one of
the guards; so back to Corinth I journeyed again, and after de-
livering the prisoners to General Beauregard's headquarters the
following night, and resting a few hours, set out to overtake the
command which was moving eastward. After about two days
more I was again with the command. But now my faithful steed
which I had ridden constantly since the middle of December the
year before gave out entirely, worn out by constant usage and had
to be left on the wayside, and I had to join the wagon train and
to be snubbed as a "wagon dog" by my comrades, a common ap-
pellation given to every one who went with the wagons, regardless
of the conditions making it necessary for him to be there.
The command went through middle Tennessee and had a fight
or heavy skirmish with the Yankees at Sulphur Trestle in Giles
County. I do not recall any results of that fight as reported to us
except Captain Harris of Company I lost his life there. Arriving
at Chattanooga a brigade was organized by putting Forrest's regi-
ment, our regiment, and two Georgia regiments, three and four, [
think, together, and Colonel Forrest took charge of it for service
in middle Tennessee and wherever we might be needed.
At that time elections were held in different companies to select
commissioned officers where there were vacancies caused by resigna-
tions or otherwise. Company F elected two lieutenants, 1st and
2nd, J. K. P. Blackburn 1st, and A. J. Murray 2nd. While we
were entitled to commissions issued by the Secretary of War, we
never applied for them and never received them. In fact, I don't
remember of ever having seen a commission from the government
for any officer in the command. The men of the different companies
knew whom they had selected and, whether they held commissions
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/72/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.