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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
steps we marched into the very muzzles of roar-
ing cannons and blazing muskets; but now in
our old age, at the inexorable law of nature's
God with tottering steps, we are struggling to
our graves. In a few more years at most, none
of these once valiant line of gray will be left.
Among all that line of gray no more gallant,
self-sacrificing, patient men stood than the old
Sibley Brigade, commanded by Tom Green and
"Gotch" Hardeman. Soon we will all be gone
to reap the rich rewards of a well-spent life in
that house not made with hands, where we all
hope at last to meet by means of that theologi-
cal ladder which Jacob in his vision saw as-
cending from earth to heaven; but before we
go, we feel it our duty, both to our dead and
ourselves, to see that a perfect record is trans-
mitted to posterity to let them know of Green,
Hardeman, Lockridge, Sutton, Raguet, Shrop-
shire, Reily, Herbert, Buchhots, Crossen,
O'Dell, Pyron, Boone, Walker and all our noble
men-officers and privates-how they strug-
gled, how they suffered and toiled and died.
No history of our Brigade, of our deeds
and our suffering has ever been written. These
general histories of the cruel struggle, do not
do justice to our Brigade, to our dead and our
living. What battle west of the Mississippi was
ever won unless that old brigade was there and
grapple with the foe? In more than three hun-
dred engagements, always facing from two to
ten times their number. Can a single battle be
named in which that brigade was engaged that
was not won, except those of Fort Butler and
Yellow Bayou. That great horror of the south-
ern troops-"gun-boats"--did not that old bri-
gade attack and capture? And at Galveston they
came into action in the midst of a panic and
perfect rout of the southern troops,and won from
an overwhelming defeat one of the most bril-
liant victories on the pages of history.
'Tis then to try, in our simple way, to do
justice to our Brigade, to the memory of our
dead and our living that the following pages
are written. These are the reasons and motives
that prompt us.
The plan will be to give the history of the
Brigade, and following it from the commence-
ment of its organization to the end of the war,
giving its marches, skirmishes and battles.
At the out-set we will give the names of the
brigade and regimental officers, and then, when
the last battle is detailed, we want to give the
list of the names of every officer and every
private in every company of the brigade, and
for this purpose we asked our comrades to for-
ward the names of their company with the date
The history will then be closed with a list
of our dead, who fell in action or died in ser-
In presenting this we will not pretend that
it is perfect, for no soldier ever yet saw the
whole of any battle in which he was engaged,
but it shall state facts and do justice as far as it
goes; and we will endeavor to make it as full
and complete as possible. If errors and omis-
sions should exist as, perhaps they will, as no
man has ever yet reached perfection, we as-
sure our comrades that our only object is to do
justice to our dead and our living, and that such
errors are from our heads and not our hearts,
and we ask of each one of them to give us such
assistance as in his power by sending us such
facts as he may remember.
And here comrades, we would say that, by
attending our re-unions much interesting mat-
ter and material might be gathered and embod-
ied in our history, the cost is trifling as the rail-
roads only charge one fare, the citizens furnish
food, and there are none of us who do not know
how to make a bed of mother earth, and we
owe a duty to those who have gone on before
us that we ought to perform. Remember, that
they were our comrades, our friends, who stood
by our side, fought with us, bled for us, per-
haps, carried on their shoulders our sick and
wounded forms for many a weary mile, divided
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