CHAPTER II
"Run right over them and give them Hell"

Louisiana, 1863

From Boggy Creek the brigade moved in mid-February to Camp Kiamichi near Doaksville in the Indian Territory just north of Clarksville, Texas. At that point Speight granted numerous furloughs to help restore morale and ordered all men absent from the brigade for any other reason to report immediately. Speight then returned to Waco for a short time, leaving the brigade under Colonel A. M. Alexander. Harrison also took leave of the brigade and returned to Arkansas in an effort to persuade General Holmes to send the 15th Texas to a combat area.1 Without a definite answer Harrison returned to his regiment in late March. There, despite his personally apprehensive views of the war and of various morale problems at home, he began to drill the 15th Texas "three times a week in Battalion Drill and every day in Company drill,2 to ensure its readiness for active duty.

In the Indian Territory where the season for campaigning began early in the spring, Steele started to collect his army by ordering forward the Texas infantry brigade on March 20, 1863. Lacking confidence in the recently demoralized Texans, Steele countermanded the order on March 31 and wrote Holmes in an attempt to replace them with more reliable troops. The Union Army refused to cooperate and Steele was forced to call for his infantry brigade again on April 9, because of a Federal troop concentration north and west of Fort Smith. Alexander delayed, however, apparently because Speight and many of the troops had not returned from leave. Impatient for reinforcements, Steele prodded Alexander on April 16 with orders to send the 15th Texas to Muddy Boggy Creek and to follow with the rest of the brigade as quickly as

____________________
1
Dallas Herald, February 25, 1863; General Orders No. 16, Headquarters Speight's Brigade, February 20, 1863, Clarksville Standard, March 7, 1863; General Order No. 19, Headquarters 2nd ( Speight's) Brigade, March 12, 1863, ibid., March 14, 1863; Hamilton Diary, February 13-15, 1863; James E. Harrison to Dear Ballinger, March 23, 1862 [ 1863], Ballinger Collection.
2
James E. Harrison to Dear Ballinger, March 31, 1863, ibid.

-17-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Polignac's Texas Brigade
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 72

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?