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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 8 0 Browse Search
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State whose names were well known by the reputations their fathers had achieved. The privates, most of them, took their servants to do the drudgery of the camp. They were enlisted for a year., the longest period then asked. My brother, Joseph Davis Howell, was a private in the regiment, and great was our terror lest his six feet seven inches would make him a mark for the enemy. Robert Davis, a nephew, was also a private. Colonel Davis joined the First Mississippi Regiment on the 21st of Jhe Rio Grande, August 2th, about nine miles distant from the Brazos. There they again encamped, awaiting means of transportation to Camargo, where they were to join General Zachary Taylor, and proceed immediately to Monterey. My brother, Joseph Davis Howell, wrote from this place: I think, if there is anything to be done at all, that our regiment will have the opportunity of being called into service, for we are said to be the most orderly, quiet, and best-drilled regiment that has come here
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 25: the storming of Monterey-report of Mr. Davis. (search)
ll turned into another street safely, and continued the fight. Perhaps contemporary letters give a more vivid idea of the conduct of the war and of persons, and I have made quotations from some written at that time. >Letter from Joseph Davis Howell to his mother. Camargo. . . . I now give you the camp news. General Wool has arrived near Monterey, with the intention of joining his forces with those of General Taylor, when they will march to Victoria. General Taylor has already sssured us, before the terms of capitulation were agreed upon, that commissioners from the United States had been received at Mexico. If this was half true a portion of the forces here must be soon disbanded. Your brother is well. Joseph Davis Howell to his mother. Camp Allen, Near Monterey, October 13, 1846. . . . I am very much afraid that the hope expressed in my former letter, that we would shortly return home, was ill founded. I see no prospects of it at present; in fact ever