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 of all the troops within the State east of the Brazos river and north of the old San Antonio road, with headquarters at Tyler, and forwarded troops to Little Rock. Six Texas brigades were put into Arkansas, and he was for a time in command of a division and stationed at Devall's Bluff. Subsequently he was in command of the Northern district of Texas. In the spring and summer of 1863 he operated under General Walker, in command of a brigade composed of the regiments of Colonels Waterhouse, Allen, Fitzhugh and Flournoy, for the relief of Vicksburg, and, under orders from General Taylor, assaulted the almost impregnable Federal works at Milliken's Bend. Returning to the command of his district he labored faithfully for the Confederate cause. In the organization of the Trans-Mississippi army, in the fall of 1864, he was assigned to command of a brigade composed of Col. James Bourland's border regiment, Col. Charles M. Bradford's regiment, Col. Reuben R. Brown's and Col. James E. McCord's, in Walker's corps. In civil life, his gentle manliness and adhesion to right and justice won for him success in his undertakings and the love and admiration of those who knew him. He died in Guadalupe county, Texas, March 12, 1895.
Brigadier-General James P. Major was born in Missouri in 1833. He entered the United States military academy in 1852, and was graduated in 1856 as brevet second lieutenant of cavalry. He served at the cavalry school for practice, Carlisle, Pa., and in December, 1856, was made full second lieutenant. He was on frontier duty next year, scouting and fighting, being engaged in a skirmish with the Comanche Indians near Fort Clarke, Tex., also in a combat with the Kiowas and Comanches near Grand Saline. On October 1, 1858, he was engaged in a skirmish against the Comanches near Wichita village, Tex., where he killed three Indians with his own hand. In 1859-61 he was at Indianola, Tex., a commissary depot.
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