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[263] Congress. But his mother, not waiting to hear from her valiant son, acted in his behalf, and in a card to the public said that she knew the blood that was in her son's veins, that her heart was in full sympathy with his, and that there was no political honor within the gift of the people of Texas, or of all the seceding States, that could induce him to lay aside his arms until success was assured. After the return from the Kentucky campaign he was promoted to brigadier-general, November 18, 1862. At Murfreesboro he again distinguished himself. At Chickamauga he displayed such ability that he was appointed major-general, November 10, 1863. In 1864, on account of impaired health, he was granted leave of absence to visit his home in Texas. After crossing the Mississippi he repaired to Gen. Dick Taylor's headquarters. The gallant cavalry general, Tom Green, having been killed but a few days before, General Taylor immediately placed General Wharton in command, and he, with the cavalry, and Polignac, with infantry, harassed Banks on his retreat to Alexandria, after his disastrous defeat in the Red river campaign. Wharton's career in the Trans-Mississippi was as creditable as it had been on the east side of the great river. On the 6th of April, 1865, in an unfortunate personal altercation, General Wharton was killed by General Baylor at Houston, Tex.

Brigadier-General John W. Whitfield began his military career as colonel of the Twenty-seventh Texas cavalry, in 1861. Pea Ridge was the first considerable battle in which he was engaged. Here the cavalry under Mc-Culloch did splendid fighting, but the death of the gallant Texan and of McIntosh threw that wing of the Confederate army into confusion. At the time of this battle Whitfield was major of a battalion designated in the reports as ‘Whitfield's battalion,’ under the command of Brig.-Gen. Albert Pike. Col. Henry Little, who commanded

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