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26 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
and had ordered Colonel James M. Duff to take such prompt
and vigorous measures as in his judgment, were necessary to
put down the rebellion in' said counties. Major Tegener at
once called 'a meeting of the Advisory Board of the League
and when they assembled it was decided to disband the three
companies organized as an assurance to the Confederate mil-
itary authorities that no armed conflict was to be expected, and
that all Unionists unwilling to submit to Confederate rule be
'invited to meet Major Tegener at a point on the headwaters of
Turtle Creek, in Kerr county, on the first day of August, 1862,
and accompany him into Mexico.
On July 25th, Hon. Edward Degener came to my house on
Curry's Creek and communicated to me the facts concerning
the organization of the Union Loyal League, and the recent
action of its officers and Advisory Board and the reasons there-
for. He also informed me of the intention of his two sons to
accompany Major Tegener into Mexico, and said that if I wanted
to go and could make my arrangements in time, he would be
glad if I would go as their, guest. Although I had previously
decided to go to Mexico by a different route, I changed my
mind and accepted Mr. Degener's kind invitation, and, having
settled my home affairs, went with his sons to the meeting place
on Turtle Creek, arriving there on July 31st.
Assembled there and recognizing Major Tegener as their
leader, were about eighty men. In the afternoon of the following
day, August 1st, 1862, sixty-one of these, including myself
and Major Tegener, set out for the Rio Grande with the inten-
tion of crossing over into Mexico. Believing, as did the Major
and most of the party, that they had eluded the Confederate
ttoops, known to be hunting for them, we pursued our way
slowly and very much at our leisure, about fifteen miles a day
on the average, being made. Later, but alas, too late to be of
service to us, it was learned that a man by the name of Bur-
geman, who had been at many of the meetings and had been
confided in as a true Unionist, had betrayed to the Confederates
the place of meeting and the route to be taken. Burgeman was
not a resident of any of the cournties from which the members of
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Williams, R. H. & Sansom, John W. Massacre on the Nueces River; story of a Civil War tragedy., book, Date Unknown; Grand Prairie, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2409/m1/29/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .