men; and with these combined forces, to penetrate into Texas
by its northeastern frontier.
The troops under Major-General Richard Taylor
, who commanded in Western Louisiana
, being inadequate to meet so imposing a force, General Magruder
was ordered to dispatch all his available cavalry to join General Taylor
The order was promptly obeyed by General Magruder
; but Debray
's regiment, to the disappointment of its members, was not comprised among the troops ordered off. The Colonel
called on the General
, who honored him with his confidence and friendship, to remonstrate against this oversight, but he found the General
unwilling to part with a regiment on which he could implicitly rely for the faithful and prompt execution of orders in any emergency.
At last, by dint of insistance, verging on importunity, the General
's reluctant consent was yielded.
On the 14th of March, in default of telegraphic communication, an express locomotive was dispatched to bear instructions to Lieutenant-Colonel Myers
, then camped at Eagle Lake
, to hasten with the regiment to Houston
, where he arrived on the evening of the next day. The 15th was spent in shoeing animals and drawing supplies.
On the 17th the regiment left Houston
with its own transportation and a brigade train, in all thirty-two wagons.
had resumed the command of the regiment, and Lieutenant-Colonel Myers
was detached to assemble and bring up the sick and furloughed men. At the first camp, those men whose homes were at a short distance from the line of march, were permitted to visit them for obtaining fresh horses and clothing, on condition that they should rejoin at a point not farther than the Sabine River
It is proper to state that Captain Riordan
, of company A, Mc-Greal, of company C, McMahan
, of company D, and Armstrong
, of company F, having resigned at different times and for various causes, First Lieutenants Whitfield
had become the Captains
of their respective companies.
The regiment moved on diligently, although much impeded by its train of wagons, which had to be crossed over five streams on wretched ferry boats, also losing one day in the execution of an order received from General Taylor
, to deflect from the Alexandria
road and take that to Pleasant Hill
, where he had retired.
In the morning of the 1st of April the Sabine
was promptly crossed on an excellent and large ferry boat; and on the same day the regiment pushed on twenty miles farther, to the town of Manny
The men furloughed at the start had nearly all rejoined, and the regiment