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[49] of hardships during four years for the Confederacy, and that such of its property as could be secured rightfully belonged to them upon its downfall. It is hard to see who were better entitled to it than they, and such opinion was then shared by the citizens and advocated by the newspapers. The wagon trains returning from Mexico with supplies in charge of Confederate agents furnished rare sport as well as profit. A difference of opinion existed between these agents and the soldiers as to which were properly residuary legatees of the remnants of the Confederate estate, each claiming that right, but in all cases, except where defeated by the agents' skill in hiding property, the soldiers easily maintained the superiority of their title.

San Antonio was the most important post in Texas in many respects, being the base of supplies nearest the Mexican border, and financial agents were stationed there, having possession of large amounts of government funds in gold and silver. Two companies from Pyron's regiment were there, while others on detached service and employed in the various departments swelled the number of soldiers at that point to 700 or 800 men.

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