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[165] dismounted, Col. R. C. Earp; Eleventh cavalry, dismounted, Col. J. C. Burks; Fourteenth cavalry, dismounted, Lieut.--Col. James Weaver, and McCray's Arkansas sharpshooters. The brigade was selected to flank the enemy's right, where their steady fighting decided the issue of the day. Gen. Kirby Smith reported that it was intended to support McCray with Preston Smith's division, but the latter was delayed by a furious assault of the enemy, ‘and so this gallant brigade of Texans and Arkansans had to fight the battle alone. Although the odds opposed to them were fearful, yet by reserving their own fire under the deafening roar of the enemy's guns, and by a well-timed and dashing charge upon the advancing line, they completely routed and put to flight the hosts of the enemy just as the cheers of Smith's division announced their arrival on the field.’ The brigade lost 20 killed and 120 wounded. Douglas' battery also served gallantly in this battle, with a loss of 6.

The Ninth regiment was present at Perryville. The Rangers served with Forrest, and their ‘terrific yell’ was recorded in the Federal reports as well as their irresistible charges. Under Colonel Wharton they led the attack which compelled the surrender of Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 13th, where Wharton was severely wounded, the command devolving on Colonel Walker. They participated also in the general Kentucky campaign.


At the battle of Murfreesboro, Texas was represented by the Ninth infantry, Col. W. H. Young, in Cheatham's division; the Eighth cavalry, Col. Thomas Harrison, in a brigade under General Wheeler, commanded by John A. Wharton, now promoted to brigadier-general; and by the brigade of Gen. M. D. Ector (formerly McCray's), in McCown's division, composed of the Tenth cavalry, dismounted, Col. M. F. Locke; Eleventh, Col. J. C. Burks; Fourteenth, Col. J. L. Camp; Fifteenth, Col. J. A. Andrews;

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