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 afterward when the Federals, under a flag of truce, were caring for their dead, one of the party, pointing out a place in the line, said that three Confederate officers had stood there during the assault and that he made 40 men fire a volley at them. He asked if one of them was not killed. General Stevenson in his report of operations at Vicksburg mentioned, in very flattering terms, Brigadier-Generals Barton, Cumming, Lee, and Colonels Reynolds and Waul, ‘for the successful defense of my line at Vicksburg, for the untiring energy which they displayed in the management of their brigades, and for examples of devotion, intrepidity and coolness under every danger.’ Gen. Stephen D. Lee in his report said, ‘Waul's Texas legion particularly distinguished itself, under its brave colonel, by its coolness and gallantry.’ Colonel Waul and his men were surrendered at Vicksburg, were exchanged in the fall, and Waul received a brigadiergen-eral's commission September 18, 1863. In February, 1864, he was ordered to report to General Magruder for assignment to duty, and still later was sent to Gen. Richard Taylor. In the Red river campaign against Banks he commanded a brigade in the division of John G. Walker, and participated in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. Walker's division, after the defeat of Banks, was sent to reinforce Price, who was opposing the advance of Steele in Arkansas. Waul led his brigade in this campaign, and at Jenkins' Ferry showed the skill and valor that had been his characteristics on so many former occasions. Since the war General Waul has resided in Texas, where he is highly honored as a gallant soldier and a Christian gentleman.
Major-General John A. Wharton was one of the most gallant of the sons of Texas. His father and uncle, both natives of Tennessee, were famous in the history of the war for Texan independence, as well as prominent in the civil affairs of the republic of Texas. Young Wharton
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