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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
the river, I copy from Petticolas note book,
under date of April 16, 1862 .. .
But wasn't I glad when the enemy with-
drew without charging us; because Col. Green
had ordered me to set Co A an example in fight-
ing. The idea of my setting Wright and Oaks
and Slater and Jim Carson and Gus Baker an
example in fighting. Why I couldn't set that
company an example in anything but in good
looks. But in that I'm boss of the brigade, and
notwithstanding that this is a self evident propo-
sition, admitted by all the ladies both north and
south to be correct. Yet there's Jim Carson and
Henry McLeary and Love Tooke and Major
Crosson, and even "Old Gotch," himself, that
sometimes speak of contesting my right for that.
But the ladies have settled that in my favor,
and they are always right.
And now, reader, we will close this chap-
ter, and in our next, while we will detail no
fighting, yet we will show you an exhibition of
devotion, fortitude and heroism, never before
exhibited by mortal man.
Three Privates Account of Paralto
April 12, 1888
Three Privates Account of Paralto
[Letter of Lovard T. Tooke]
Weimar, Texas, March 5, 1888.
Major W. L. Davidson, Victoria, Texas.
Dear Friend-I noticed in reading over your
description of the skirmish of the 26th, at
Johnson Ranch, just two days before the battle
of Glorietta, you stated that Watt Tinkle and I
were together, and it was Watt Tinkle's gun
that the Lieut. Ford, of the Federals, broke. It
was my gun that was broken, and it was Doc
Walker and I that were together, instead of Watt
Tinkle. When the lieutenant took my gun and
broke it, with the muzzle yointed toward him,
both barrels were discharged, striking him in
the stomach and killing him instantly. Doc and
I thought it was on our time next, but as it hap-
pened there was some old regulars there that
interfered and saved our lives.
We are all well. Let me hear from you oc-
The foregoing letter just received shows that
I was mistaken as to which of the boys was
with Love Tooke. All I have to say is that I was
leading the retreating. That is the only time I
could lead Co. A. The Yankee bullets were
playing "Yankee doodle" behind me, but did
not travel quite fast enough to overtake me,
and I did not pay much attention to those be-
hind me. Doc Walker was my messmate, and I
naturally supposed that he would try to keep up
with me. It was no trouble for any of Co. A to
keep up with me when we were going towards
the enemy; but when we were going the other
way-as we were on that occasion-I was a
little too many for any of them.
Retreat Through the Mountains
We have now approached a crisis in our
history, or, rather, in the history of our bri-
gade, that, as an example of fortitude, patience,
courage, endurance, pure-unselfish patriotism
and self-sacrificing nature, stands unequaled by
any body of men in the annals of history, and
will form the theme of song and stay as long as
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