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The Battle of Corpus Christi by Mary Augusta Sutherland

CHAPTER V. Civil War—1861.
The bugle sounded and the cavalry sprang into life. Drums beat the long roll and the infantry hep, hep, to the command of its officers. Captain Wm. Maltby, with his Lieutenants McDonough and Russell, and a force of men, sailed over and fortified Aransas Pass. The ladies of the city got together and fashioned a Confederate flag. This flag was presented from the old Court House steps, to the Company of Captain Neal. The flag was presented by Miss Mary Woessner, who stood on the steps surrounded by her schoolgirl friends, all dressed in white, and the hardy warriors stood ranked below, for only warriors dwelt on the frontier of this day. The banner was presented in a neat speech, which voiced the sentiment of her hearers. A new nation had been born; here was her emblem. W. B. Wrather received the flag on behalf of the Company, and promised to carry it to victory or death. The wildest enthusiasm prevailed, and again the town was a military camp. The blockading flee…

The Man: John Cabell Breckinridge by Dr. Richard Lee Montgomery

It has been my experience that as I have researched and read the many assorted topics of Southern history and the Confederate States of America I quickly conclude, “I know so little.” But because of this continued interest I continue to research and study. In this presentation I would like to introduce the man John Cabell Breckinridge. For many, you recognize this name but perhaps for many more, you’re not so familiar. Here is a man who was a lawyer and would become a member of the United States House of Representatives and the Senate from Kentucky. And from March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861 he became the youngest Vice President of the United States in the James BuchananAdministration.

Certainly as John matured into a young man he would be influenced by those around him. Allow me to mention one of those individuals through this quote: “Men were yet living who were familiar with the great fame, and the lofty character of his grandfather, John Breckinridge. The records of Kentucky bear, stil…

Mrs. Newsom, the Southern Florence Nightingale: A Thrilling Narrative of Her Adventures

The civil war did not begin with the firing upon Fort Sumpter, nor cease with the surrender of the last hostile army. Its history was not written when Greeley published his Great American Conflict or Pollard his Lost Cause. These were but the beginning of things—a few of the more prominent incidents that marked the times from 1861 to 1865. 
Further, it must not be supposed that when the government shall have published the archives of the two war departments for the period referred to the annals of that most exciting epoch will have been fully presented to the world. Only the views of engagements as soon by commanding officers will have been presented while the great landscape of experiences and sacrifices, of ministrations and sufferings, of devotion and romance, of consecration and self-denial—the real web and woof of the times—lies wholly unrecognized, fully exemplifying the trite but no less true asservation that
Many a gem of the purest ray serene The dark, unfathomed caves of ocean …

Andrew Jackson Potter: The Fighting Parson Of the Texan Frontier by Andrew Jackson Potter

Chapter XVI.
Mr. Potter at this time was a local preacher, and not being in the regular itinerant ministerial ranks, was subject to the Confederate conscript law. Conscription not being agreeable to his patriotic taste, he volunteered as a private soldier in Captain Stoke Homes's company, Woods's regiment. Thirty-second Texas Cavalry. Captain Homes's company was then encamped on the Salado, near San Antonio.
"The company was organized at Prairie Lee, in February, 1862. My younger brother, and nephew, and brother-in-law, and a large number of my most intimate friends, had already joined the company. About that time Dr. P. C. Woods, of San Marcos, began to make up a regiment, to which our company was attached, and we were ordered to Camp Verde, in Kerr county, to take charge of the prisoners taken at San Antonio, at the surrender of General Twiggs. Soon after reaching Camp Verde, the measles broke out among the soldiers, and raged fearfully; there were hardly enough well …