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2 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
rest of our gallant leaders, were fighting their heroic battles
against such desperate odds.
I make no boast of this. Why should I? I enlisted of my
own free will, and against my own interests, which should have'
led me to stay at home to protect my property; and my object
was to strike a blow for the noble cause I had at heart. As to
that cause, I did not then doubt that it was a sacred one, and
that the Southern States were justified in resisting to the death
the oppression of the North. But as to the representatives of that
noble cause in Texas-the local nobodies who ruled the roost,
and exploited us for their own base and selfish ends-I was very
In times of convulsion and strife, great leaders, of the purest
patriotism, are thrown up to guide and direct affairs at the cen-
ter of the movement, if there is any vitality in it, any great
principle for which' a nation is struggling. But in the outlying
districts, the extremities of the body politic, the pulse of patriot-
ism seems to beat feebly. There the scum of the population
rises to the surface, and there corruption and self-seeking are
The generalization may appear a sweeping one; but I think
it-is borne out by history, to take what happened in the Franco-
German War, our War of Secession, and the late Boer War. At
any rate it was absolutely true as regards Texas, and the out-
laying States of the Confederacy. For there loud-tongued
local nobodies talked themselves into power and position, and
used them to rob their suffering country, and to defraud the
soldiers fighting her battles. And of all these harpies, none
were worse than my friend, and immediate commanding officer,
Captain Dunn-that is, be it understood, in his own small way.
His opportunities for speculation were never very great, but
such as they were he, I am bound to say, made the most of
Instead of going to the front I was kept hanging about in
Texas month after month, sent here and there to arrest supposed
Unionists, or to hunt down imaginary express riders carrying
mails which only existed in the fuddled brains of our leaders-
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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/m1/5/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .