in any sparsely settled country, to ride on horseback in volunteering as soldiers; secondly, as soon as Texas
became a part of the Southern Confederacy its military jurisdiction was extended over the State
, and military officers were sent to superintend the raising of troops, and from that time those who desired to enter the service applied either to those officers or to the President
and the secretary of war
for authority to raise troops, and thereby the State
authorities were relieved from participation.
Consequently the offices at the capital contained no report of the organization of the many regiments and battalions furnished by Texas
in the war.
There were a number of regiments raised and organized under commissions from the secretary of war
, or other military officers, in the spring
of the year 1861, and some of them before arrangements had been made for transporting companies or paying their expenses to the place of rendezvous.