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four feet high, thirty-five feet of which is
the granite shaft and the other nine feet
being the statue of a private soldier of the
brigade in bronze.... Chiseled on the faces
of the shaft are quotations from President
Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee,
General Stephen D. Lee, General Hood,
General Albert Sidney Johnston, General
Stonewall Jackson and others."17 The
monument is on the Texas State Capitol
grounds and should be an object of interest
and pride to all who value courage, sacrifice,
and the history of our great state.
In a letter written to Hood's Texas Brigade
Association a few years later, [former
Confederate Postmaster General] Judge
John H. Reagan said: "I would rather have
been able to say that I had been a worthy
member of Hood's Texas Brigade than to
have enjoyed all the honors which have
been conferred upon me. I doubt if there
has ever been a brigade, or other military
organization in the history of the world,
that equalled it in the heroic valor and selfsacrificing
conduct of its members, and in
the brilliancy of its services." '18
We led the charge on many a field,
Were first in many a fray
And turned the bloody battle tide,
On many a gloomy day.19
(Hood's Texas Brigade Association was reactivated
in 1966 for descendants of the original
members. The Association now meets every
other year in Hillsboro, Texas.)
Edward B. Williams is an independent scholar
who lives in Dickinson. He is editor of the book,
"Rebel Brothers, The Civil War Letters of
the Truehearts", recently published by Texas
Bibliography and Author's Note:
Author's Note: The title of this article is a
quote from a letter written by Gen. Robert
E. Lee to Senator Louis T. Wigfall in Harold
B. Simpson, "Hood's Texas Brigade: A
Biographical Sketch." Address delivered
before the Texas Sesquicentennial Civil
War Symposium on Hood's Texas Brigade,
Fort Worth, Texas, May 31,1986. Confederate
Research Center, Hill College,
Hillsborough, Texas, Hood's Texas Brigade
File 8-2, 7.
2. "Capt. Ike Comes Home," Supplement
to the Polk Cournty Enterprise, April
19, 1995, 4C.
3. See Simpson, "Hood's Texas Brigade:
A Biographical Sketch," Hood's Texas
Brigade, File 8-2, 12-13.
4. Harold B. Simpson, "Hood's Texas
Brigade: Lee's Grenadier Guard". (Waco,
Texas: Texian Press, 1970), 9.
5. Cooper K. Ragan, "Tyler County Goes
To War: Company 'F', First Texas Regiment,
C.S.A." Tyler County Dogwood Festival,
Woodville, Texas, Saturday, March
25, 1961, np.
6. John Bell Hood, "Advance and Retreat"
(1880; reprint, New York: Da Capo
Press, 1993), 26.
7. Undated letter, William P. Townsend
to his wife, Co. "C", 4th TX, Hill College,
Confederate Research Center, Hood's
Texas Brigade, File 2-40, 17.
8. Simpson, "Hood's Texas Brigade: Lee's
Grenadier Guard", 137-138.
9. Joseph B. Polley, "Hood's Texas Brigade:
Its Marches, Its Battles, Its Achievements"
(1910; reprint, Dayton, Ohio:
Morningside Bookshop, 1988), 133-134.
10. John C. West, "A Texan in Search
of a Fight" (1901; reprint, Baltimore: Butternut
and Blue Press, 1994), 75.
11. Polley, "Hood's Texas Brigade", 146147.
12. West, "A Texan in Search of a
13. Hood, "Advance and Retreat", 59.
14. Polley, "Hood's Texas Brigade", 278279.
15. Frank B. Chilton (comp.) "Unveiling
and Dedication of Monument to Hood's
Texas Brigade and Minutes of the ThirtyNinth
Annual Reunion of Hood's Texas
Brigade Association" (Houston: F.B.
Chilton, 1911) np.
16. Harold B. Simpson, "Hood's Texas
Brigade in Reunion and Memory"
(Hillsboro, Texas: Hill Jr. College Press,
17. Chilton (comp.) "Unveiling and
Dedication of Monument to Hood's Texas
18. Polley, "Hood's Texas Brigade", 287.
19. Quoted in Simpson, "Hood's Texas
Brigade", title page.
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