A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 122
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122 A THUMB-NAIL HIS'oaY OF
by Captain W. M. Stafford, now of Galveston.
When the war broke out Captain Stafford and
most of the older boys entered the Confederate
army. Captain Stafford was made a lieutenant
in an artillery company and rose soon after to the
rank of Captain, he being, perhaps, the youngest
captain in command of a battery in the Confederate
Another company that distinguished itself during
the war was the Houston Turners, composed
almost, if not entirely, of members of the Turnverein
association. This company was organized
and commanded by Captain E. B. H. Schneider
and saw much active service, giving a good account
of itself on several bloody fields.
The Confederate Grays was a fine infantry company
from Houston that saw much active service,
first at Shiloh under Johnston and afterwards in the
campaign in Mississippi and at Vicksburg. After
the capture of Vicksburg they were exchanged and
transferred to this side of the river.
When the war began it was looked on as a joke
and there was much joking at the enthusiastic
eagerness of the young men to get to the front.
The Bayou City Guards was christened "The
kid glove gentry," and when the company was
ordered to Camp Van Dorn, below Harrisburg,
for the purpose of being mustered into the service,
preparatory to going to Virginia, Mr. T. W.
House, Sr., sent them a big box of white kid gloves.
The members put them on their bayonets and
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/137/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .