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re removed to Houston. The quartermaster and commissary departments remained at San Antonio, the headquarters for a long time of the troops in Texas, whose service had been on the western frontier. General Hebert came with a good record, having been educated at West Point, a lieutenant-colonel in the Mexican war, and governor of Louisiana. He appointed E. B. Nichols colonel of a six months infantry regiment at Galveston, with Josiah C. Massie, lieutenant-colonel, and Fred Tate, major. X. B. Debray, as lieutenant-colonel, and John J. Myers, major, raised for service there a battalion of cavalry, which was afterward enlarged into a regiment with Debray, colonel, Myers, lieutenant-colonel, and M. Menard, major. Col. John S. Moore, with Wm. P. Rogers, lieutenant-colonel, and H. G. Runnels, major, organized a regiment of infantry at Galveston, in October, 1861, and going to Mississippi were in the battle of Corinth, where Colonel Rogers, after a brilliant display of courage, was killed
ntinued effort to follow the success attained. Volunteering in the service was very slow, especially in forming infantry battalions and regiments. The Confederate officers that were sent to organize troops in Texas were personally unknown, and consequently could exercise but little influence. General Hebert having his headquarters first at Galveston, and then about the first month of 1862 at Houston, what was done was mainly in those places or near the coast. Colonels Moore, Nichols and Debray had raised some commands, Col. J. W. Spaight and Col. Allison Nelson had a few companies, and were gradually increasing their numbers to infantry regiments. Col. Robert Garland had for several months been recruiting men in or near the coast, and succeeded in making a regiment of infantry, organized at or near Houston, with Thos. S. Anderson lieutenant-colonel and Rhodes Fisher major, early in 1862, and was afterward in service at Arkansas Post. Almost any one who could get authority from
moved all their material of every kind, and by 11 a. m. of the 8th we had removed all the government property of any value, except the 10-inch gun at Fort Point, and a large majority of the population of the city left their houses and the island. The troops having all been removed in accordance with your orders, I left with my staff for Virginia point, leaving a sufficient force to hold the battery at the south end of the railroad bridge, and that evening I reported at this place to Col. X. B. Debray, commanding sub-military district of Houston. It affords me great pleasure to state that both officers and men behaved nobly, executing all orders promptly and correctly. All of which is respectfully submitted. Yours respectfully, Jos. J. Cook, Colonel Commanding. Lieut. R. M. Franklin, Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen. Sub-Military District of Houston. A successful defense was made of Port Lavaca by Maj. D. D. Shea, in command there, on October 31st, and reported as follows: He
Military condition explained General Magruder assumes command of the district of Texas the battle of Galveston signal defeat of the enemy. The following passages relating to military operations are taken from the history of Brig.-Gen. X. B. Debray, who as colonel had been in command of Galveston in July, 1862, and being senior colonel, was called to command the Eastern sub-district of Texas, with headquarters at Houston, leaving the regiment in the efficient care of Lieutenant-Colf the Bayou City, and Captain Connor, of the Neptune, were distinguished by remarkable coolness, skill and devotion in the discharge of their important duties. In the land attack especial commendations are due to Brig.-Gen. W. R. Scurry, Col. X. B. Debray, Major Von Harten, Cook's regiment of artillery; Captain Fontaine, Cook's regiment; Maj. J. Kellersberg of the engineer corps; also to Colonels Cook, Pyron, Lieutenant-Colonel Abercrombie, commanding Elmore's men; Major Griffin, Major Wilso
h-and-Ready President Taylor. From General Taylor's report it is learned that the following Texas forces were in the battle of Mansfield and that of Pleasant Hill, which took place on the next day: Maj.--Gen. John G. Walker's infantry division, including the three brigades of Gens. T. N. Waul, Wm. R. Scurry and Horace Randal; Gen. Tom Green's cavalry command, consisting of his old brigade under Colonel Bagby and General Major's brigade; Waller's battalion, Buchel's, Hardeman's, Terrell's, Debray's and McNeill's cavalry regiments (Gen. H. P. Bee had command ,of a part of this cavalry), Brigadier-General Polignac's infantry brigade, and Mosely's, McMahon's and the Valverde batteries. The battle of Mansfield was glorious in its timely conception, wise plan of attack, splendid execution, and victorious result that sent the confident invader with his whole host back on the road he came; and the battle of Pleasant Hill gave a thundering warning to the Northern invader to seek a safer p
l 2, 1864, is described by General Taylor. Colonel Debray, with his regiment and two batteries, had ains, although pursued until he joined me. Colonel Debray lost several killed and wounded. Considerard skirmishers toward the enemy and deploying Debray's regiment of cavalry in the open fields on bofor Bee's charge had arrived. Bee led forward Debray's and Buchel's fine regiments in most gallant Bee was struck, Buchel mortally wounded, and Debray and Major Menard, of the same regiment, strucor a time, but the gallantry displayed by Bee, Debray, Buchel, Menard and others produced its effectew] Bee, with part of Major's and Buchel's and Debray's regiments, of his own command, was pursuing from Columbus, Tex., the cavalry regiments of Debray, Buchel and Terrell, was in command at the frothe cavalry, and he says, I at once moved with Debray's and Buchel's regiments that were formed in tenemy's line of battle. . . . What was left of Debray's gallant regiment succeeded in returning to o[5 more...]
th him, wrapped about the casket which contained his body. Brigadier-General Xavier Blanchard Debray Brigadier-General Xavier Blanchard Debray rendered his milBrigadier-General Xavier Blanchard Debray rendered his military services, which were of great value and prominence, altogether in the Trans-Mississippi department, which was a large part of the time almost isolated from theappears, always in connection with honorable service. In the pursuit of Banks, Debray commanded a cavalry brigade under General Bee, and kept up the good work he had the enemy. On May 18th the Federals ambuscaded him; but, said General Taylor, Debray opened, enfilading their line. Many were killed and wounded, and Wharton's chaed a good many prisoners. After the termination of the Red river campaign, Colonel Debray was appointed a brigadier-general by Gen. Kirby Smith; he had worthily won l Hardeman for promotion to the rank of brigadier-general, mentioning him, with Debray and Lane, as the best brigade commanders in the Trans-Mississippi department.