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6 THE MASSACRE ON THE NUECES RIVER
ing lot, dressed in all sorts and varieties of uniforms, or none at
all. The Rangers, though in much the same plight as to uni-
forms, were really a fine, soldiery lot of men, for the most part
mounted on good horses. There were some queer specimens
of humanity on parade that day, but the queerest of all was our
own Commander, who on foot resembled a bullfrog, and on
horseback Sancho Panza.
We formed up in double line, cavalry in front, and in the
middle of the Plaza a wheezy civilian brass band discoursed
such music as it could. Then presently appeared our gallant
General, surrounded by a hetrogeneous staff, as ignorant and
pretentious as himself, and followed by a small boy on a di-
minutive cow-pony, who acted as his orderly. The chief duty
of the staff, aided by the small boy, seemed to be to keep back
a crowd of about three hundred people, who lined the square
and wanted to fraternize with their friends in the ranks whilst
the performance was going on! This was soon over, for when
the General had ridden down the ranks, looking as wise as he
knew how, we marched past' him once, with some difficulty, and
then were dismissed. The whole thing was a farce, and I was
thoroughly disgusted with the humbug of it; for the so-called
General knew no more about soldiering than his boy orderly,
and indeed was a storekeeper who probably had never seen a
shot fired in anger in his life, but had been promoted by some
At this time the remnants of Sibley's Texan Brigade began
to straggle back from Mexico in woeful plight. It was in the end
of October in the previous year that it had marched out, three
thousand strong, the flower of Texan youth, with high hopes of
victory; and now it was a broken, disorganized rabble, ragged
and half starved. The horses had nearly all died, and such of
the men as returned had tramped hundreds of miles with scarce
a whole boot among them. The whole business had been
shamefully mismanaged by General Sibley, who was absolutely
incompetent and yet was entrusted with a command like this.
On July 19 the two companies of Partizan Rangers, our own
under Dunn and the other under Captain Freer, marched out
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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/m1/9/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .