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Chapter 1: United States Army California and Texas Confederate States Army Virginia, Yorktown, Eltham's Landing, seven Pines or Fair Oaks. I received at the age of seventeen an appo
the troops in Virginia by authority of the Governor of that State.
During my long service in Texas I had had occasion to visit almost ever portion of that extensive and beautiful territory, and w for life.
Therefore when Kentucky failed to act, I entered the Confederate service from the State of Texas, which thenceforth became my adopted land.
I arrived in Richmond about the 5th of May, sent and peaceful scenes we had passed through together but a year or two before upon the frontier of Texas.
His office was in the third or fourth story of, I think, the Mechanics' Institute; and he had rne by the Texans, and to them is due the largest share of the honors of the day at Eltham.
The Texas brigade lost eight killed and twentyeight wounded; in the other portions of the command there we
Chapter 1: United States Army California and Texas Confederate States Army Virginia, Yorktown, Eltham's Landing, seven Pines or Fair Oaks. I received at the age of seventeen an appointment as Cadet at West Point through my maternal uncle, Judge French, who was then in Congress. I fancied a military life, althoug
chofield, in 1853, when I was appointed Brevet Second Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry.
I sailed from New York in November of that year to join my regiment in California, via Panama.
On my arrival at San Francisco-at that time a small city built upon sandhills and flats, and distinguished for its foggy atmosphereI, together wit been stationed a short period at Benicia Barracks, I was directed to report for duty to Captain Judah at Fort Jones, Scott's Valley, in the northern portion of California. Colonel Buchanan was in command of my regiment, with Captain U. S. Grant as Quarter Master.
It was at this post I formed a warm attachment to Lieutenant Georg