Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 1, January, 1998 Page: 34
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will return and others will join the different com-
panies already mustered in, of which number I
If a few of your citizens would emulate
the example of your liberal and patriotic candi-
date for Congress-Mr. C. C. Herbert-our
company would no longer languish. He called
at our camp the other day, encouraged to the
amount of Fifty Dollars, and returned to Colo-
rado to beat up recruits.
Your Affectionate Bro.
B. M. B.
3. Benjamin Marshall Baker to James Davis
Baker, August 3, 1861, from the transcription
published in the Colorado Citizen, August 10,
Camp Van Dorn, August 3, 1861.
Dear Citizen: I hasten to present to you
the gratifying information that Capt. Jno. C.
Upton's company (the "Echo") has been mus-
tered into the Confederate States' service. The
ceremony came off just before sundown, when
the golden orb was casting his bright-hued
beams throughrthe glittering spires of the beau-
teous pine trees, and while the tri-colored, hon-
ored flag presented by the ladies of Columbus
was fluttering in the evening breeze. Oh! what
a shout arose from our little band upon that
occasion! Everybody appeared in better spir-
its, and their hearts seemed to beat freer after
they had become the not unwilling servants of
"Uncle Jeff." R. A. Bell, of Alleyton, is with
us; was not mustered in, but says he is deter-
mined to go to Virginia with our company.
I desire to speak in terms of great praise
of the conduct of our men since their arrival at
this encampment. Ours is one of the most quiet
and orderly company on the ground. Particu-
larly do I laud my friend, W. J. Darden, Esq.,
for the manner in which he takes "camp life."
As he is the only married man in the company,
and has made many sacrifices to accompany
us, I feel that much honor is due him.
Mr. Legg and the Messrs. Hurley have
the fever, but under the medical care of Dr.
Park, of the Guadalupe company, it is believed
that they will soon recover. Save these cases,
our company is in good health and fine spirits.
We would be glad if old Colorado
would send some more of the "boys," so we
can have a a full company. Wasn't the battle at
Manassas "glory enough for one day?" In the
language of Tom Moore's jacknaw, "God, how
they knick 'em!"
Soldier life don't go as easy as some
credulous persons might imagine. I can get
along very well with everything except wash-
ing my own clothes. That is an operation which
rather takes the self-conceit out of the sub-
scriber, but I am getting along, and with more
experience, will probably acquire such profi-
ciency as to set up (if Black Republican bullets
should spare me) a "Washing and Ironing Es-
Rev. Mr. Seat preached to the volun-
teers a few nights ago, and had such a crowd
that all could not hear the sound of his voice.
Rev. Mr. Castleton made a most noble and
patriotic prayer; and when the singing com-
menced, the manly voices made the very woods
resound with the notes of praise.
There are between fifteen and eighteen
hundred soldiers on the ground, and compa-
nies coming in every day. I must close for break-
Your Bro. Ben.
4. Benjamin Marshall Baker to James Davis
Baker, August 10, 1861, from the transcription
published in the Colorado Citizen, August 17,
Camp Van Dorn, Texas, Aug. 10, 1861.
We learn here in camp that the first
division of Texas Volunteers will start for Vir-
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