Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 51
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Reminiscences of the Old Brigade,
on the March, in the Tent, in the Field,
as Witnessed by the Writers During the Rebellion
On October 6, 1887, the Overton Sharp-Shooter, an obscure newspaper published by
Sharp Runnels Whitley in a small, northeastern Texas town, began running a series of articles
under the title "Green 's Brigade. Reminiscences of The Old Brigade-on the March-in the Tent-
in the Field-as Witnessed by the Writers During the Rebellion, And Commanded by Generals
Sibley, Green and Hardeman, The Bravest of The Brave--A True History. " The series concluded
in Whitley's last issue as editor, that of September 27, 1888. In its 51 installments, one dutifully
printed every week, it had presented a highly detailed, personal, quixotic history of the activities
of the Confederate brigade which invaded New Mexico; most particularly of its campaign there
but also of its subsequent campaigns.
The first installment indicated that the history had three authors: William Lott Davidson,
Charles Carroll Linn (called Lynn early in the series), and Phil Fulcrod (usually called Fulcord in
the series). The issue of October 13 carried both the second installment of the series and a clari-
fication of its authorship. Davidson was declared to be the author and Linn and Fulcrod "his
assistants. " All three men had been members of the brigade. So had Whitley, and the numerous
other contributors, among them Phil J. Clough, Bethel Coopwood, Randolph Howell, William P.
Laughter, J. H. Richardson, and Lovard T. Tooke.
In his last issue, Whitley promised to organize the material into a book; a promise
which, evidently, he did not keep. Had he done so, our effort to make the material more accessible
would not have been necessary.
Two installments from the lengthy series have not survived; there are no known extant
editions of the Sharp-Shooter of October 20, 1887 or April 19, 1888. There are three anomalies in
the numbering of chapters. After chapter 24 seemingly concluded and chapter 25 began in the
issue of May 10, 1888, another chapter 24, or another installment of chapter 24, showed up in the
issue of May 17. Both chapters 28 and 29 appeared in the issue of June 21, 1888, however,
chapter 29 was placed before chapter 28. After chapter 34 appeared in the issue of July 19, 1888,
the two installments presented in the issue of July 26 were called chapters 36 and 37. The follow-
ing week, another chapter 37 was presented, thereby bringing the numbering system back into
In the year that the series ran, the man who apparently conceived of and began
writing it, Davidson, lived in Victoria. However, he was closely connected with Columbus. Before
the war, his father, A. H. Davidson, had been a Columbus attorney and ardent advocate of
secession. The younger Davidson had served as a private in Company A, Fifth Texas Cavalry,
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