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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wednesday, October 23rd, 1861

To day the steamer Ruthven arrived from Galveston with considerable freight. I am busy shipping freight on her for Galveston. I sent Capt Wrigley some provisions for the Guards. Frank Stewart still sick but some better. weather changeable and quite cool.


benotforgot said...

On this date in 1861 . . . U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.

benotforgot said...

150 years ago today . . . Texas Intelligence.

Sibley's Brigade.—The following are extracts from a letter in the Houston Telegraph:

Camp Leona, October 23.—Our regiment is now encamped at this place for the night. We broke up Camp Sibley this morning. After the line was formed Col. Reilly ordered the regiment to form into close column of squad rows, and then, after a few impressive words, read, in a clear and distinct voice, the prayer of Bishop Gregg, to be used during the war. It was a solemn spectacle to witness nearly a thousand men, with their armor on their persons and banners floating in the breeze, sitting on their horses uncovered, and in reverential silence listening to every word of that beautiful prayer.

We reached San Antonio at one o'clock P.M., and were reviewed by Gen. Sibley, who addressed the troops, who responded with three enthusiastic cheers for their gallant general.

Just as the command, forward, was about to be given, Capt. Rusk, son of Gen. Rusk, and now commanding company H, of Nicogdoches [sic], came to the front, carrying a large and beautiful silken flag, and presented it, in the name of his company, in compliment to Col. Reilly. Gen. Sibley made a most beautiful response. After which, our colonel thanked them for the honor paid him as an individual and as an officer. The flag was then placed in the center of the column, and the regiment defiled past the line and took up its line of march westward. No better regiment ever marched from San Antonio. It is composed of artillery, lancers and gunmen—all mounted. We are now here, and to-morrow shall move forward. God protect us and bless those we leave behind.

As published in the MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [MEMPHIS, TN], November 13, 1861, p. 1, c. 1