to find active service in 1862, others went eastward for the same purpose.
The following commands went to Mississippi
for service: Ector
's regiment, M. D. Ector
, colonel; Abram Harris
; T. M. Garrison
's regiment, John W. Whitfield
, colonel; E. R. Hawkins
, lieutenantcol-onel; John H. Broocks
's regiment, Thos. N. Waul
, colonel; B. Timmons
; Allen Cameron
's and Weeks
' cavalry battalions.
Some of these were in Brigadier-General Ross
' command, and gained distinction in the service in Mississippi
In mentioning these regiments, the lieutenant-colonels
and majors have been given when practicable, because the first colonels were often taken from their regiments by promotion, death or sickness, leaving others in command.
's regiment went to Tennessee
, where he afterward commanded a brigade.
There also went the regiment of cavalry of M. F. Locke
, colonel; J. M. Barton
; W. Q. Craig
's regiment, M. L. Camp
, colonel; T. Camp
' regiment, F. C. Wilkes
, colonel; R. R. Neyland
; W. A. Taylor
' regiment, J. A. Andrews
, colonel; J. A. Weaver
; Wm. E. Estes
Doubtless other commands left Texas
, and more of them did leave when necessary for the protection of sister states, as will be exhibited in the reports of battles.
could well spare them on account of its favorable position, that made difficult an invasion by a large Federal army.
On our western frontier and on the north fronting the Indian Territory
there were no means of supplying a large army for a considerable distance before reaching well-settled portions of the State
, and upon our Gulf coast the sandbars at the entrance of our ports were a protection against the entry of large vessels or gunboats.
If war vessels should force an entrance to