Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 2, May, 1998 Page: 69
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The Angus McNeill Family
about 200 yards in front of the enemy's line of defenses. We held this position till the
close of the battle, being from 10 a. m. till 1:30 p. m., under a severe and disastrous fire
of shell, grape, and musketry. We had no orders to advance, and would not and did not
retire." The loss of the Confederates in this engagement was 20 killed, 95 wounded, and
For a time, Anderson was in command of the three regiments, but Edmund
Kirby Smith and John Bankhead Magruder requested that he be sent back to Texas. He
wrote the assistant adjutant of the Army of Tennessee on October 6, 1863, the same day
the reports were written on the battle of Chickamauga, that he was enclosing a communi-
cation from Major General Magruder with endorsement of Lieutenant General Smith for
the consideration of the general commanding the army of Tennessee. He wrote that the
actions of Magruder and Smith were "without my knowledge or consent," but he added
that he desired that the application be granted so that he could "render efficient service in
the Trans-Mississippi department." By December 12, 1863, he was back in Eagle Lake,
where he wrote to the major general commanding the District of Texas, New Mexico and
Arizona that he was leaving that day to report to Columbia, and that he would have
reported sooner, but circumstances "which I could not control" had delayed him, but he
was "losing no more time in my efforts to report in person."86 Back in Texas, Anderson
was appointed full colonel by General Magruder on April 27, 1864 and given command
of Anderson's Regiment Texas Cavalry, stationed at various times at Post Hempstead and
Camp Groce. This assignment allowed him to return to Eagle Lake often, and on April
23, 1864, he wrote from Eagle Lake that on his arrival at home he found his wife with "an
attack of illness which was quite severe" and asked for a leave of absence for ten days. He
was still with the Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department when General E. Kirby
Smith surrendered. Anderson received his parole to return to Colorado County on June
As for Henry Cameron McNeill, after the furlough of Sibley's Brigade,
the brigade was reorganized under the command of Brigadier General Thomas Green.
Henry C. McNeill still held the rank of lieutenant colonel of the Fifth Texas Cavalry.
Some time in the latter part of 1862 or the early part of 1863, he found time to marry
Margaret L. Murray, the daughter of Nancy Belle Anderson Murray, the oldest sister of
Thomas Scott Anderson. The family apparently settled on the James Ross Survey where
four children were born: Mary on March 11, 1864, Belle on April 28, 1866, Angus on
85 Official Records, series 1, vol. 30, part 2, pp. 190-193.
86 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas,
National Archives Microfilm Publication No. 323, Roll 308.
87 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas,
National Archives Microfilm Publication No. 323, Roll 186.
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