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Col. O. M. Roberts, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 11.1, Texas (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 9 1 Browse Search
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They were not permitted to advance and would not retire, but as brave men and good soldiers they obeyed the orders of their general and held the field. Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, Lieutenant-Colonel Hutchinson and Major Taylor remained constantly in the line, handled their commands with ability, and conducted themselves gallantlyallowed to carry orders and messages up and down the line, where he was constantly exposed to the thickest fire. His services were highly beneficial to Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, who speaks of him in terms of highest praise. Private Mc-Cann was under my own eye. He stood upright, cheerful and self-possessed in the very hail of A. Dillard, Tenth cavalry dismounted by Capt. Jacob Zeigler, Fourteenth cavalry dismounted by Lieut.-Col. Abram Harris, and the Thirty-second dismounted by Capt. Nathan Anderson. Douglas' battery, under Lieut. Ben Hardin, was on duty in the Mobile defenses. Ector's brigade shared in the gallant defense of Spanish Fort, being then
al Beauregard. He was stationed on Morris island, under Gen. James Simons, and on seeing the second barracks in flames and the flagstaff shot away, he determined to make his way to the fort, in the face of almost certain death, and persuade General Anderson to desist from a defense manifestly unavailing and save useless carnage and bloodshed. With three negro boatmen, he crossed the bay in the face of a terrific cross-fire of ball and shell, and, entering the fort through an embrasure, insisted on surrender by Major Anderson, as further resistance was useless. This act of heroism and humanity won for him great distinction. After the battle of Fort Sumter he proceeded to Richmond, where he was commissioned colonel of the Second regiment of Texas infantry, August 28, 1861. On October 1st of the same year he was made brigadier-general. He rendered valuable service in the army of Northern Virginia, in command of the brigade including the First, Fourth and Fifth Texas, later famous u