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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
from what I know of my own knowledge of my
own company, A, of the 5th. It had nine killed
and fifteen wounded at Val Verde. At the two
days Glorietta it lost thirty-three men in killed,
wounded and missing; and yet I have only been
able to obtain the names of nineteen dead, and
twenty-one wounded. And what is true of that
company is true of all the rest.
But what has become of all our men? You
left San Antonio eight months ago with near
three thousand men finely dressed, splendidly
mounted and elegantly equipped. You were
joined at El Paso by Teel's battery of one hun-
dred more men; Coopwood's, Frazier's and
Phillips companies of two hundred men;
Pyron's, Hardeman's Weller's, and Stafford's
companies of the 2nd with two hundred more
joined you up there and now in rags and tatters
foot-sore and weary you again march,-if a reel
and stagger can be called a march-along the
streets of San Antonio with fourteen hundred
men, all told, You furnish a list of four hun-
dred and thirty-seven dead; but where are the
other sixteen hundred men? You ask me.
Softly, softly, gently reader, be not too rash
on us-blames us not; we know not where they
are. Some lie in Northern cells, some sleep
beneath the Northern sod. We did all for them
we could, and they did all that lay in mortal
power for us. Some died upon the mountains
highest peaks, some went to sleep in the ragged
canyon's lowest vale and some upon the arid
plain; some died on the sentinel's weary beat
and others passed away on the picket's lonely
The drums may beat, the trumpets blow,
cannon may roar and muskets rattle, 'twill not
awaken them nor disturb their rest. Roll call
here they'll answer never again. Our "advance
guard," they have gone to another sphere where
they will welcome us when at last we too shall
have crossed over the the river and reached the
But, reader, we will give you no such list
of dead and wounded in 1863 and 1864 be-
cause there are not many of us left to be killed,
and what few of us are left are case-mated and
bomb-proof, as the following two incidents will
fully illstrate and prove.
At Cheneyville, D. C. Proctor, of Waller's
Battalion was hit square on the neck by a minnie
ball; Major Boone who was always as kind as
he was brave, ran to his assistance, and said he
"Procter, are you badly hurt," Proctor replied,
"Major Boone, there are three kinds of wounds,
"the legislative," the "judicial," and the "ex-
ecutive" wounds. I think that my wound will
make me county judge of Calhoun county."
Saying this he threw his hand to his neck, and
took there from the poor mashed bruised and
Again at Yellow Bayou a ball hit "Old
Gotch" right square on his appetite; but all the
effect it had was to make him bow very po-
litely and a black spot on his stomach about the
size of my hand.
We are all right now as to bullets and bomb-
shells and if we could only draw our stomachs
down to fit our rations, I think we might get
through this war.
June 14, 1888
The Battle of Galveston and
Movements of the Brigade in 1863
June 21, 1888
Movements of the Brigade in 1863
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