Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 59
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Reminiscences of the Old Brigade
marching one day in advance of the regiment
2nd. The 5th regiment with Lieut. Fulcrod's
section of artillery was to follow one day in the
rear of the 4th regiment.
3rd. The 7th regiment with Wood's sec-
tion of artillery was to follow one day in rear
of the 5th regiment.
But as each regiment had about thirty wagon
with six mules to each, and the line of march
was such that water and grass could not be had
in sufficient quantities for so large a body of
men and horses, the regiments were afterwards
subdivided into three detachments each and in
that way the march was conducted to El Paso.
As the history of the march of one of these
detachments is the history of all, we will fol-
low the one that the writer was with, to wit:
Cos. A. B. C, and D. of the 5th, Col. Green in
person accompanying this detachment, there
was, however, a detachment of three compa-
nies of the 5th ahead of us, and the other three
followed behind us.
The first day from San Antonio we marched
fifteen miles to the San Lucas spring, a very
large spring bubbling out of the ground just to
the left of the road, this was a beautiful place to
camp with an abundant supply of water and
grass but no wood; on the next day we crossed
the Medina river, marched through the town of
Castroville and camped about halfway between
Castroville and the Hondo, where we had an
abundant supply of wood but no water and but
little grass; on the next day a blue blizzard of a
norther struck us-we crossed the Hondo at a
little settlement then called Aberdeen, marched
through the town of Q'hones on the Saco,
crossed and camped on it where we had an abun-
dant supply of wood, water and grass, consid-
ering the season, thence we crossed the Sabinal
and camped near the town of Uvalde, the next
day we marched through Uvalde and camped
on the Nueces, where, we had good water and
grass through wood was scarce.
And now, as it is very cold-a stiff norther
blowing-and we are well on our march we
will close this chapter. In the next chapter we
will march through to El Paso, (we are 500
miles from there now-and take a Christmas
dinner there,) where the whole brigade-and
some who are a part of us but whom we have
not yet seen-Baylor's regiment, afterwards
commanded by C. L. Pyron, will again be re-
November 10, 1887
On to El Paso
"Chill November's surly blast" is coming
down upon us through the "near way," as we
are camped upon the Nueces, there is no tim-
ber to shield us and the wind has fair sweep at
us, and the boys on guard last night must have
had a hard time pacing their beats on the cold
frozen ground; we are tasting the bitter delights
and mournful realities of a soldier's life. We
are know for the first time beginning to find
out that we are engaged in no child's play, but
come weal or woe, sickness or health, pain or
pleasure we are one and all determined to sus-
tain the honor of the great State of Texas or die
in the attempt.
From here we moved to Fort Clark, pass-
ing a very large spring that seemed to come up
out of a rock and had formed a large basin, the
water was as clear as crystal. At Fort Clark we
remained two days and then moved for Fort
Hudson on Devil's river. My recollection is:
that we took the better part of three days to
make the march. It has been twenty-six years
since these things occurred and I am writing
from memory-as I took no notes of this part
of the march, or rather all my notes were burned
when the enemy burned our camp equippage
and wagons at Glorietta.
From Fort Hudson we went up Devil's
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