along the Potomac in the neighborhood of Dumfries, some thirty miles below Washington.
Shall I pause to describe to you this splendid body of men, as they stood for the first time on dress parade on the banks of the Potomac?
Wigfall, McLeod and Rainey, of the 1st; Hood, Marshall and Warwick, of the 4th, and Archer, Robertson and Botts, of the 5th, composed the field officers of the regiments, and thirty as gallant captains as ere commissions bore commanded the thirty companies.
As far as the ir gunboats.
The entire brigade lost some forty or fifty killed and wounded, while the enemy's loss was at least twice that number.
Here it was that Captain Denny, of the 5th, and Lieutenant-Colonel Black, of the 1st, were killed, and Lieutenant-Colonel Rainey, of the 1st, was severely wounded.
I mention this battle, not so much on account of its importance as compared with others which ensued, but because it was the first contact the Texas troops as a brigade had with the enemy, and in that