--The following order of Col. Van Dorn
to his Texan command is conceived in excellent taste, and in the spirit of a magnanimous, high toned soldier and gentleman:
It is the pleasing duty of the Colonel
commanding to thank the volunteer troops of Texas
for the valuable services they have again rendered to the Confederate States
Being called upon at short notice to take the field, they responded with that promptness which proved how high is the military spirit of the State
, and how ready her people are to seize up arms in defence of her honor, and in vindication of their rights.
It was not the wish of the volunteers of Texas, however, to fight against those troops of the United States
who had been defending their frontiers for years, and who found themselves on their soil in the attitude of enemies, only because of political changes which they did nothing to bring about — many of whom had been personally endeared to them by long association, and by their gallant deeds, (well remembered,) as their old comrades in the war with Mexico
.--With the true spirit of brave men who know how to appreciate a soldier's honor, they marshalled in such numbers before them that the rugged necessities of war might be accomplished without bloodshed and without the loes of reputation to their gallant opponents.
There was no exultation over the surrender of the troops of the old 8th Infantry.
This would not be the case were the volunteers of Texas called out under arms to contend with an invading force sent against them from the North
Far from it. There would then be no regrets, no affection, and no disparity of numbers; and ‘"death to the foe and victory after the fight"’ would be the object and the aim of every true Texan.