Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 2, May, 1998 Page: 67
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
The Angus McNeill Family
15, 1862, the Confederate forces started marching south. Canby's Union forces followed
the march from New Mexico, but did not force any battles. Sibley's command was ragged,
starving, and disorganized by the time they reached Fort Bliss, where they received some
supplies. For the rest of the return trip, it was almost every man for himself, but by July
the brigade was back in San Antonio where the men were furloughed until November
1862. Only 2000 of the 3800 men that had left San Antonio returned.76
During this time, Thomas Scott Anderson, Henry McNeill's brother-in-
law, had returned to Colorado County. On August 21, 1861, he organized a company of
men known as "Captain T. S. Anderson's Company" with headquarters at Eagle Lake.
They were part of the Texas State Troops under General William Graham Webb, and
included men in the Eagle Lake area on both sides of the Colorado River. Anderson's
father-in-law, Angus McNeill, was one of the members.77 The company was never in-
volved in any kind of action, and a number of the group later enlisted in other units. On
September 1, 1861, Anderson was offered the appointment of lieutentant colonel of the
Third Texas Regiment of Infantry for coast defense, which he accepted on September 5,
1861. However he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Texas Sixth Infantry Regi-
ment which was mustered into Confederate service at Camp Henry E. McCulloch near
Victoria, Texas, in November 1861. On February 15, 1862, Anderson asked for a leave
of absence from the 5th of March to the 25th of March to take care of his "own private
interests, at my home about 80 miles from this place [Camp Henry McCulloch]" because
he was also the "agent" in charge of "property a considerable amount belonging to an-
other who is absent with 'Sibley's Brigade'," meaning Henry C. McNeill. When the
group from Camp Henry McCtilloch started to move to Arkansas in May 1862, part of the
Sixth Regiment spent several weeks in Camp No. 8 near Eagle Lake, than moved on to
Camp No. 25 near Tyler, Texas, where they camped for three weeks. From Tyler the
regiment was moved to Camp Holmes, Arkansas. After two months at Camp Holmes, the
regiment moved on to what was known as Arkansas Post near Fort Hindmen.78 There the
Sixth Infantry became a part of the battle for Arkansas Post, situated on a bluff bank of the
Arkansas River. While General Ulysses S. Grant reported in his memoirs that there were
5000 to 6000 men there, Confederate general Thomas James Churchill reported some
76 Theophilus Noel, A Campaign from Santa Fe to The Mississippi; Being a History of the Old
Sibley Brigade (1865. Reprint. Raleigh: Charles R. Sanders, Jr., 1961), introduction, pp. 127, 130; Broech
N. Oder, "Sibley's New Mexico Campaign," Civil War Times Illustrated, vol. 17, August 1978, pp. 22-28;
Harry McCorry Henderson, Texas in the Confederacy (San Antonio: The Naylor Co., 1955), pp. 86-88.
77 Colorado County Historical Commission, Colorado County Chronicles, 2 volumes (Austin:
Nortex Press, 1986), vol. 1, p. 108.
78 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas,
National Archives Microfilm Publication No. 323, Roll 308.
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Matching Search ResultsView 41 pages within this issue that match your search.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Nesbitt Memorial Library. Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 2, May, 1998, periodical, May 1998; Columbus, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth151403/m1/19/?q=nesbitt%20memorial%20library%20journal: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Nesbitt Memorial Library.