The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 73
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Reminiscences of the Terry Rangers
being on the sick list but still in camp. As we moved in col-
umns of twos in front of the enemy their shells got our range
pretty quickly. One shell burst in rear of my company doing
slight damage, another one entered the body of a horse near my
horse's head, bursting inside the horse and knocked my horse to
his knees and covering him and me with blood and flesh from the
other horse. Strange to say the trooper riding this torn up horse
escaped without the slightest injury. His name was Glasscow of
Company C; he was riding in the rear of his company in front
of me. A few steps further another shell passed between my
horse's head and the rear of another horse ridden by Lieutenant
Black, cutting down a cedar tree as large as a man's leg, just on
the left of us. We moved further to the left out of range of this
artillery, dismounted, formed a line and moved out towards, or
to the left of this battery somewhat; but before we made the at-
tack a flanking command was discovered moving to our rear on
the right and we returned to our horses and rode over to the right
of the first alignment to meet this flank movement and while en-
gaging these with a furious fire another force equally strong was
approaching from the front and we had to retire for a new align-
Colonel Harrison, passing by me as we had begun to retire be-
fore the enemy, said, "Form your company on this rise and hold
the position while I form the regiment behind you in supporting
distance." I called on my men to fall into line, but they had
turned towards the rear and the heavy firing of the enemy from
two points made it almost impossible for men or horses to get
their consent to face the other way and stand still; so I urged
and I ordered with all the vehemence I possessed, sometimes get-
ting as many as two or three to face about and make a temporary
halt and then move on. Finally Gabe Beaumont of Company A,
who had fallen behind his company in the different movements,
seeing my trouble said to me "Lieutenant, I will stand; form your
company on me." I-Ie took his stand, I rushed my men in line
with him, and having got my men in line was riding up and
down the line encouraging all I could to stay there. The enemy's
bullets were flying uncomfortably thick. I heard a ball strike
when near Beaumont and saw his gun fall, but he stood perfectly
still until I approached him. I asked Gabe, "Are you badly
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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/m1/81/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.