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n, all sons of his early friends; Gibson, his connection, brave, faithful, and accomplished, and many more allied by blood or marriage; and a gallant band of Texans, Wharton, Ashbel Smith, and others; with a multitude besides, known to him personally or by reputation and name as the inheritors of martial virtues.
But why multiply names?
Regulars were there, who had wintered with him in Utah; Texans who had known him on the border, as patriot leader, statesman, citizen, soldier; the men of Monterey and the Mexican War, and the brave soldiers who had welcomed him with shouts at Columbus, or helped him to guard the line of the Barren River all winter.
He regarded all these not as strangers, not as factors to be canceled in the deadly problem of successful combat, but as of his own belonging-his kith and kin by ties almost as strong as those of blood.
He looked upon them with the tenderness of a patriarchal regard — of an Abraham or a Jephthah.
In the dread holocaust of war, in which