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 Prompt response was made to the Governor's call; the following companies reported for duty, and were mustered into the Confederate States' service: Captain Riordan's Company A, from Harris county. Captain Myer's Company B, from Caldwell county. Captain McGreal's Company C, from Harris and Galveston counties. Captain McMahan's Company D, from Galveston and Leon counties. Captain Owen's Company E, Montgomery and Washington counties. Captain Menard's Company F, from Galveston and Liberty counties. Captain Atchison's company, from Fort Bend county, composed of one-year men, was also accepted in the service and became Company G. These seven companies were organized into a battalion under the command of Major Samuel Boyer Davis, who, being at the same time Assistant Adjutant-General at District headquarters, soon resigned his lineal rank. On the 7th of December, 1861, Major X. B. Debray, of the Second regiment of Texas infantry, was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding, and Captain J. J. Myers, Major of the battalion. Then the work of disciplining and drilling was actively entered upon, and in a short time the battalion assumed the leading rank, in point of instruction and discipline, among the troops stationed on Galveston Island. In January, 1862, orders were received to raise three more companies for the purpose of completing a regiment. Commissions were issued to that effect, and by the close of the ensuing February, the following companies reported for duty, and were mustered in for the war: Captain Du Pree's Company H, from Montgomery and Grimes counties. Captain Whitehead's Company I, from Montgomery and Grimes counties. Captain Hare's Company K, from Harris county. General Hebert, commanding the District of Texas, upon receiving the report of the completion of the regiment, appointed Major Samuel Boyer Davis to be its Colonel. But when it became known that newly organized regiments were, by law, entitled to elect their field
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