The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 23
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Two Texas Patriots
story brick house which he called "The Lone Star." The three
of them were valeted by father's body-servant, Lee, one of
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Father remained at the
University of Virginia to study military tactics. Two com-
panies of students-the "Southern Guard" and the "Sons of
Liberty"-formed the Cadet Corps in the military school or-
ganized by the university to train officers for the Confederate
Army. Father became the captain of one of these companies,
and Robert E. Lee, Jr., son of the General, was captain of the
other. Intensive training was given these young men for six
months, when they left to become officers in the Southern forces.
Armed with a commission to raise a regiment, Father said good-
bye to his sweetheart and made his way back to Texas, where
he found his father serving as brigadier general in charge of
recruiting service for northern Texas. Obtaining a horse, Father
rode over this sparsely populated region, and picked the men
for his regiment. From all accounts, it was a fine, high-spirited,
sharpshooting body of men who assembled at Dallas and organ-
ized the 9th Texas Infantry. On account of his youth, Father
was not elected to the command, but only as captain of a com-
pany. The early training of the regiment was acquired at
Little Rock, Arkansas, after which they joined the Confederate
Army of Tennessee.
One of Father's comrades, in writing me, said:
I was with your father's regiment when it joined the
army of Albert Sidney Johnston at Corinth, Miss. At
dress parade there were some 40,000 men. They were
as fine looking soldiers as the country ever produced,
but among the officers none showed off to better advan-
tage than your father. From there we marched off to
the battle of Shiloh, where we fought one of the
bloodiest battles of the war. One of our brigades suf-
fered severely and was fleeing from the enemy. Our
regiment was ordered to charge a battery which was
supported by infantry. This was a desperate charge and
was led by your father. Many in our company were
killed and wounded but the battery was taken and the
enemy repulsed. This was a turning point in the battle,
and from then on the enemy were on the run. The 9th
Texas Infantry was reported to have taken nine bat-
teries that day. They were specially cited and praised
by General Bragg, commanding the Division. After
the battle, Colonel Maxey, who commanded the 9th
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