Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 84
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Verde, and I never heard of Valdez's regiment
any more after Val Verde. Here McNeil awaited
the arrival of our army, while Pyron with his
command went on to Albuquerque, arriving
there just in time to see the last of the Federal
stores consumed by fire. We will now go back
to Val Verde and bring up the army, and I will
come on with it.
Gathering Our Dead
and Wounded at Val Verde
... We have selected a place near the bank
of the Rio Grande river just above where
McRae's battery stood, and nearly opposite to
Pyron's right, to bury our dead, and to this
point we carry our dead as fast as we can col-
lect them but it is a slow and tedious work, as
we are working in the dark. And Texans, re-
member when in the future you boast of your
glory and greatness that two hundred of the no-
blest sons you have ever raised are sleeping in
this valley; remember that they willingly died
to make you great, to make you grand ...
In little groups the boys are scattered over
the valley feeling (for it is dark and they cannot
see) for their wounded comrades, some they
find, being lead to them by their groans, while
others are grimly silently, patiently waiting for
their turn to be attended to, but we have so few
well men that it is necessarily tedious, many of
the wounded, however, turned out and help the
wounded and then the Federals helped us, too,
but on the other hand we never pass a wounded
Federal without giving him assistance, the first
man our squad found was a wounded Federal,
he asked us to give him a drink of water, which
we did, he then asked us to set him up against a
large tree so as he could lean back on that,
when we did that he said he was comfortable,
he then told us that it was our "bird guns" that
had won the fight.
The Federals had lanterns which they di-
vided with us, and in this way we were enabled
to work much faster, as we could find our
wounded without having to feel for them ...
February 16, 1888
Gathering Our Dead
and Wounded at Val Verde
We tried first to collect our wounded and
take them to our temporary hospital, and when
we thought we had collected all our wounded,
we commenced carrying our dead to the spot
selected for their final resting place. We hauled
them in wagons, as many as we could lay side
by side in the wagon at a time, about 2 o'clock
in the night, or I should say morning, as we
were hauling eight of our dead to the burial
ground, we heard a faint call, and upon going
to the spot from whence it came we found my
own messmate, Suff Clapp, lying upon the
ground shot through both thighs, how we missed
finding him so long is a mystery to me, as I
myself had passed several times within ten feet
of him, hunting specially for him; he had lain
there patiently waiting for us to get the more
severely wounded to where they could receive
attention, and not until he learned from our
conversation that we had attended to all the other
wounded did he ever call to us for aid. This,
reader, is the kind of heroism that composed
this Brigade. Suff Clapp was a hero, although
he stood by and would not let anybody touch
that night I didn't whip Slater, but then it was
dark and Suff thought I was on top, but the
darkness didn't fool me. I knew where I was.
After getting our dead to the burial ground,
which was about sun up on the morning of the
22nd, we had breakfast, and although we had
eat nothing since breakfast the morning before,
and we had fought all day on the day before,
and worked the live long night, yet I do not
think there was one in the brigade who ate any-
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