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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
had found sweethearts in that section and spent
a good deal of time with them. I do not know
how true that was, as my own experience in
the sweetheart business has been very limited
but I'm inclined to believe that it is one of the
easiest things in the world for "a fellow" to
love a pretty girl, in fact, I never could see
how he could help it, but getting that pretty girl
to love "a fellow," it seems to me would be the
"rub." But the orders had at last come, and
now they had to bid good-bye to San Antonio
and their sweethearts-if they had any.
When the orders came the brigade was
drawn up in line, the 4th, Colonel Reily com-
manding, was on the right, then Lieut. Reily's
section of artillery, then the 5th regiment, Col.
Thomas Green commanding, then Lieut.
Fulcrod's section of artillery, then the 7th regi-
ment, Lt-Col. Sutton commanding, and a sec-
tion of Wood's artillery on the left, this was the
line, the order was read directing them to take
up the line of march, and such a cheer as rent
the air was never heard before along the Salado.
At last we were to have a chance to contribute
our share in covering the Confederate arms with
glory. The next day we marched to San Anto-
nio; and now, while the brigade is in San Anto-
nio lets take a look at it, for in eight months
we'll see them there again, and compare their
appearance then and now. There were thirty
companies of cavalry, the finest dressed and
equipped body of men that ever left this or any
other state, finely mounted, well armed, splen-
didly supplied with blankets; their whole outfit
perfect and complete. Three thousand of the
noblest sons Texas ever had, all in good health
and fine spirits and all eager for the fray. I see
them now, those noble men, leaving home, fam-
ily, friends, fire-side-many never to return--
at the call of their country to peril their lives
for her sake.
The Northern soldier, who during the four
years of dark and gloomy war was always well
fed, well clothed, and well paid, is loved, hon-
ored and respected by the Northern people, he
is elected to office and his people vie with each
other in conferring honors on him, he has a
government that pensions him, while living and
builds monuments of marble and brass over him
when dead, but the Southern soldier, who was
half-clad, ragged and bare-footed, who consid-
ered himself fortunate to get a half-ration of
blue beef and piece of flour dough without short-
ening of any sort and cooked by wrapping it
around his ramrod and holding it over the fire,
whose only pay was a piece of worthless pa-
per, a whole year's pay of which would not
buy one decent dinner, seems to be forgotten
by his own people. The time of peril and dan-
ger has passed, they no longer need his stout
heart, clear head, and strong arm to uphold and
sustain them, and he is fast being relegated to
private life, his honest, ragged, straightforward
nature does not seem to suit the times; hence,
more pliant tools are put in office, and some
even go so far as to upbraid and deride him.
Strange as it nay be, yet it is nevertheless a fact
that, the Southern soldier is more respected and
better loved to-day in the North than he is in
the South, but this state of things will not last
forever. In a few more years we will all be
gone and then our own people will be no longer
jealous of us, or fear that a proper appreciation
of us might deprive one of them of an office,
and long, long after the grass for many years
shall have grown green upon our graves, the
simple story of the Southern soldier's suffer-
ings, patriotism, devotion and heroism will be
read by future generations and his memory will
live, grow in their hearts as long as patriotism
is loved and bravery cherished. Yes, they are
starting now, many standing there in line in
San Antonio with smiling faces, flashing eyes
and high hopes will never live to see that city
The orders of the march was as follows:
1st. The 4th regiment with Lieut. Reily's
section of artillery was to take the advance,
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