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Appendix D: Rosters of Soldiers by Company

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Roster of Soldiers by Company


Roster of Company A, Leon County,

first commanded by Captain Jerome N. Black

Autry. William C.

Ayres. Joseph F.

Bain, W.H.

Baldwin. Hart M.

Baldwin, James A.

Barnes, William P.

Bennick, Jacob J., Sgt.

Black, Jerome N. Capt.

Black, William F., Cpl.

Blackledge, Alexander C.

Blassingame, George W.

Better, Andrew Winston

Brown, John, Cpl.

Brown, John P.

Brown, William H.

Brubaker, J. Curry, Asst. Surg.

Bryan,Thomas L.

Cessna, John D., Cpl.

Clark, Jesse W.

Clark, Oliver P.

Coleman, William Wallace, 1st Sgt.

Davis, George W.

Davis, James I.

Davis, John

Davis, Nathan L.

Dickey, John R.

Dickey, William

Driscol, David A.

Driscol, Ephraim C.

Driskett, David A.

Durst, Bruno, 2nd Lt.

Durst, Horatio W., Jr. 2nd Lt.

Durst, William E., Sgt.

Evans, Isaac G.

Fosket, William H.

Frost, Chafin

Gilchrist, Zedrick

Gillespie, Joseph

Glover, William Y., Sgt.

Greene, James G.

Hall, James

Herring, Thomas W.

Inman, Rufus

Jettund, William, 1st Sgt.

Johnson, Lovet B.

Kidd, Albert A.

Kidd, James E.

Long, James

Long, Levi G.

Long, William

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Chapter 11 Epilogue

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“I want to be at home where I can get a good water to drink and milk and butter to eat and clean clothes to

[wear] and where I can go to church on Sunday.”1

—Pvt. Lorenzo Dow Fulton, Company D, 13th Texas

Unlike their friends and brothers who served east of the Mississippi, the soldiers of the 13th Texas Cavalry suffered no serious defeat in battle and were never disarmed. Most were paroled only as Union occupation forces moved through their home counties. Some, like Capt.

Charles H. Jones of Tyler County, probably delayed their personal surrender until it was discovered that he could not vote or run for office without it.2 Capt. William D. Wood of Gould’s 6th Cavalry Battalion related that rather than returning to the Yankees the famous guns of the

“Val Verde” Battery, captured in New Mexico, they were dismounted and buried by Captain Nettles and his men near Fairfield in Freestone

County, Texas.3 The average enlisted soldiers, like Privates Milton P.

Gaines or Lorenzo D. Fulton of Anderson County, had little interest in anything beyond their families, homes, and farms. The coming of peace and their return to Texas answered nearly every prayer they had written during the three years of war.4

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Chapter 7 Long Road to Mansfield

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Long Road to Mansfield


“Aim low boys, and trust in God.”

—Maj. Gen. John G. Walker1

The stillness of Camp Rogers, and indeed of all of Avoyelles Parish, was shattered on Sunday, March 13, 1864. The enemy had landed, and was on the march from Simmesport. As the division wagon trains were loaded and moved toward Cheneyville, the 13th Texas and Waul’s first brigade quickly marched to reinforce the bridges on the primary avenue of approach.2 General Scurry’s third brigade was stationed the farthest forward, near Yellow Bayou, four miles west of Simmesport. After determining the overwhelming strength of the invasion force, Scurry withdrew to the long bridge on Bout de Bayou, ten miles east of Marksville on the Simmesport road. The 13th Texas and the other regiments of Waul’s first brigade marched as far as Scurry’s position, but were ordered four miles back and placed in reserve between Scurry’s brigade and Randal’s second brigade, which was guarding the bridge on Bayou de Lac, eight miles from Bout de Bayou. An unusually dry winter had turned the swamps, normally a natural barrier to Union movements, into solid ground, converting a maze of natural defensive wetlands into a broad field of battle, surrounded by major watercourses; the only exit for Walker’s Division was the bridge on Bayou de Lac.3

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Chapter 4 The Trials of a Bitter Winter

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The Trials of a Bitter Winter


“We have had a cold time lying on the ground and eating pore beef.”—Pvt. Sherwood F. Spivey1

The 13th Texas Cavalry was ordered back to Camp Hope on October

10. Joined by the other regiments of their brigade, they marched about seventeen miles that day. The night of the tenth was marked by hail, and in the morning the sleepless men were greeted by cold rain that turned to sleet. The north wind gained force, the temperature dropped below freezing, and the rain still fell. Numbed by cold, marching across a partially flooded prairie, many of the sick were unwilling or unable to go on. The healthy soldiers had to help them on foot because the supply wagons were already finding it nearly impossible to get through the mud and could carry no more weight. After fourteen miles, some higher ground was located, and large fires were built. The sick huddled around them listlessly, more dead than alive. It was impossible to prepare any food as the rain continued and the freezing wind blew.2

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Chapter 10 Home With Their Shields

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Home With Their Shields


“I would like . . . to see if you have improved much on

Master Jeff’s diet or not. As for myself I fatten every day.

If the war lasts much longer I shall apply to Mas’ Jeff for transportation as I am getting almost too corpulent to march afoot.”1

—Sgt. Maj. Henry Ralph, 13th Texas Cavalry

Camden’s fortifications were completed toward the end of the week of November 7, 1864. The weather was beginning to turn cool and wet, and moving to winter quarters was on everyone’s mind. After brigade chapel services on Sunday, November 13, the division began to pack up. The initial goal was Camp Sumter, near Lewisville, Arkansas. On Monday, they marched south to camp near Mount Holly, as heavy rains began to turn the usually poor roads to ankle deep mud.

For the next four days, rain and mud slowed the column to a crawl. The supply wagons fell farther and farther behind. Pvt. Milton Gaines recorded, “We waded in water from shoe mouth to waist deep [until we] got three miles west of Lewisville.” When the division reached Camp

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