Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Early Texas volunteers at Camp Clark, Texas, March 1861. (Library of Congress)
[Richmond Daily Dispatch May 31, 1861]
The Lone Star of Texas.
     The Enquirer pays a just tribute to the heroic character and proud deeds of this brilliant and energetic people. Texas, says the Enquirer, has swept her whole State of the troops of the federal government. She has compelled the surrender of over two or three thousand of well-armed and well-drilled United States forces. The military supplies taken by her exceed a million and a half of dollars. She has turned over to the Confederate Government between seven and eight thousand stand of arms, large numbers of mules and teams, artillery, powder and ball. The large Receiving Steamship now employed by our Navy, at New Orleans, was captured by Texans in Texas waters. This vessel, with some nine hundred barrels of moat, flour and commissary stores, were delivered up to the Confederate service, untouched by Texas. She has also a fine Revenue cutter to add to the vessels of our navy, taken from the United States. The order of the Black Republican Government at Washington was for the United States officers to burn her, but the design was timely thwarted by the superior and unceasing vigilance of the Texans, and she is now at the command of our Government.
     General Young, one of the officers of the Texan Army, has crossed Red River into the Indian Nation, to render assistance to Governor Harris in capturing some five hundred U. S. troops, and stripping them of their arms. From the information we have received, we believe that the victory is already accomplished.
     It is also stated that Texas had previously sent Commissioners to the Indian country, and secured their hearty co-operation. When Governor Harris asked the assistance of Gen. Young, the former had demanded that the United States troops should surrender to him. This they haughtily refused, and he then called on the Texas General to compel them to do so. The call was promptly obeyed, and he was in close pursuit at last accounts. It is ascertained, adds the Enquirer, that there are 20,000 fighting men among the Indians, and these Texas will secure to our aid, and bring them to Virginia, if they are wanted.
     That young State also promptly sent Commissioners to Arizona, and by well directed efforts, has secured that Territory to the Confederacy. We understand that the response will soon be in the hands of our Government, and that they will send a delegate to Congress as soon as advised of our action.
Texas has now raised eight thousand men at the call of the War Department of the Confederacy. They are anxious that at least a portion of their forces shall march to the seat of war in Virginia. We trust that their gallant aspirations may be gratified. A more heroic and effective body of warriors the world does not contain.


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