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At this camp I applied for leave of absence to visit Richmond a day – and it was granted. In all my visits to & sojourns in towns & city . . ” Here I with several others found a “Mess” which lasted until nearly all of us had been laid on the shelf, which was nearly two years compounded of Thos. W. Fitzgerald7 one of the bravest of the Regt. – Owen O’Malley,8 a brave and gallant soldier – W. P. Morell9 – a clever, witty and ingenious fellow – and my humble self – we ranked “No 14” and all of us lived greatly and peacefully together.
As soon as arriving at this hill, we were ordered to lay down, and commenced a brisk Wre upon the enemy. Co. K of the 5th was detached as skirmishers – our brave Lt. Col. J. C. Upton – a Texas stock man, but as noble, brave and generous as ever lived, was walking up and down the regt – calling on us “My brave boys, give it to them” and then he would wave his saber over his head and give a yell. ” Balls of all discription were Xying like hail and now and then a groan would tell us of some brave comrade who was no more.
Johnston,1 who was comndg. “Army of Potomac”2 had marched from the Potomac to the Virginia Peninsula and was in the neighborhood of Yorktown on the York river, confronted by Genl. George B. McLelland3 – who was comndg. ” The truth of which assertion, I will discuss in time. In Richmond we obtained “EnWeld RiXes”4 (with which my regt. was armed) haversacks – knapsacks – blankets – and canteens – drew two days rations – and Lieut. Clute with his Wfteen rebels started for Yorktown. We took the “Richmond and Yorktown RR” – as far as York river (20 miles) at which place in a heavy rain we took a schooner for Yorktown – at which place we landed about dark – wet and worn out – and having then some four miles to walk.
Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the 5th Texas Infantry (Texas a & M University Military History Series) by Robert Campbell