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Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865. 537
Parish. These were followed by another from New Orleans, which arrived
a few days after ours. These constituted the first six companies
to be mustered into the Confederate service from Louisiana. We were
well drilled and organized into a battalion, electing Capt. Charles Dreux
(pronounced Drews) Lieutenant Colonel of the battalion, and Capt. N.
H. Reigttor, Major. We were ordered to Yorktown. Col. D. H. till
was there in command of the post, and Gen. Magruder was the commander
of the peninsula. At the skirmish at Big Bethel one of the North
Carolina cadets was killed, as Was Maj. Winthrope, commanding the
Union forces. On the morning of the 5th of July the second skiSrish
occurred near Newport News. Our force, composed of twenty men from
each company, made up the 120 men commanded by Col. Dreux. Ier-e
we lost our Colonel and one member of the Grays.
On April 19, at Williamsburg, Va., I was elected Captain of the Grays.
That evening we had a skirmish with Gen. McClellan's cavalry and artillery
in the first siege of Richmond. Was in the battle of Seven Pines,
and at Malvern Hill. The next after that was Second Manassasthree
days. On the last day I was promoted on the field to Lieutenant
Colonel. The next was Harper's Ferry, and the next and last was at
Sharpsburg, Md., called by some "Bloody Lane," where I was promoted on
the field to Colonel of the First Louisiana Regiment. Just as we reached
the fence on our side of the lane our Colonel was wounded, we being on
the extreme left of Gen. Lee's line of battle. We were engaged with the
Federal infantry across the lane, and were flanked, the enemy having
crossed the lane and were advancing from our left and rear. Retreating
to the timber, our brigade of five Louisiana regiments was reformed, and
I found myself in command. We charged the brigade which was pressing
us and drove them back with heavy loss.
I remained in command of the First Louisiana Regiment till the Major
returned from the hospital. I had, under orders, transferred the few
remaining members of my company to companies of their choice and
reported to Gen. Jackson for orders or instructions. I told the General
that I wanted to return to Louisiana. He sent me to Gen. Lee for instructions,
who gave me transportation back to Shrevenort. subject to future
orders. Later I was ordered to report to Gen. H. E. McCullough at Bonham,
Tex. I remained under his orders in the service in Texas till the
surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
W. M. MOORE, McGregor, Texas-Born Nov. 25, 1835, near Sparta,
Tenn. Enlisted in the Confederate Army Sept. 17, 1862, at Sparta as
private in Company A, Sixth Kentucky Regiment, Morgan's Brigade,
Western Army. Bob Logan, first Captain, and Grisley, first Colonel.
Was captured July 16, 1863, and remained one month at Camp Chase;
was then sent to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill.. and then exchanged at
Akin's Landing, on James River, in March, 1865, after which I acted as
Was in the battles of Murfreesboro and Springfield, Ky.
BENJAMAN FRANKLIN MOORMAN, Cameron, Tex.-Born March
3, 1841, near Coffeeville, Miss. Enlisted in the Confederate Army Jan. 1,
1862, at Graysport, Miss., as private in Company D, Second Mississippi Battalion,
Barksdale's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps, A. P. Hill's Division, Army
of Northern Virginia. L. C. Lee, M. D., first Captain, and Taylor, first
After the Seven Days' Fight Around Richmond, the Second Mississippi
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