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[240] commissioned brigadier-general, an honor that he had long merited, having been in command of a brigade for more than a year. He was with Johnston at the surrender in North Carolina. After the war he made his home in Waco, Texas, where he died July 14, 1891.


Brigadier-General Walter P. Lane

Brigadier-General Walter P. Lane was early in the field in 1861 as lieutenant-colonel of the Third Texas cavalry, or the South Kansas-Texas cavalry, as it was first called. His regiment was a part of the force led by Brig.-Gen. Ben McCulloch. The first battle of the regiment was at Wilson's Creek. In his report of this battle Col. E. Greer, commanding the brigade, said: ‘In conclusion, it is due that I should mention the gallant bearing of Lieut.--Col. W. P. Lane in the battle. He had his horse shot under him in the charge and fought on foot until he mounted another horse (whose rider had been killed), and continued the fight.’ In December, 1861, Col. James McIntosh was informed that the Creek chief, Ho-po-eith-le-yo-ho-la, had taken a position unfriendly to the Confederates, and gathered a large force of hostile Indians, mostly Creeks. Colonel McIntosh at once set out to break up their camp. He came upon the forces of the hostile chief at Chustenahlah, December 26, 1861, and, after a fierce battle, completely defeated, them. In his report he said: ‘The South Kansas-Texas regiment, led by their gallant officers, Lieutenant-Colonel Lane and Major Chilton, breasted itself for the highest point of the hill, and rushed over its rugged side with the insatiable force of a tornado and swept everything before it.’ In the following March this regiment was again engaged in the fierce battle of Pea Ridge, in northern Arkansas. Colonel Greer, again commanding the brigade, in his official report complimented Lieutenant-Colonel Lane upon his gallant conduct and bearing throughout the whole engagement. On the east side of the Mississippi, while under the command of General Beauregard, a little affair in which Colonel Lane

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