Excerpt from A Campaign From Santa Fe to the Mississippi: Being a History of the Old Sibley Brigade From Its First Organization to the Present Time; Its Campaigns in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, in the Years of 1861-2-3-4 Kind Reader, the work has commenced; I have undertaken to compile for your especial benefit a history of our Brigade and its doings. The world has been furnished with “The Campaign from Texas to Maryland,” by the Rev. Mr. Davis, of the Fourth Texas Infantry, and “The Camp, the Bivouac, and the Battle-field,” by Dr. Gammage, of the Fourth Arkansas; “The first, second, third, and perhaps the fourth, years of the war,” by Pollard; and why not now with that of the Old Sibley – Green – Hardeman Brigade. May I hope that this – my first offering – may in part be favored and appreciated by the friends of that Old Brigade throughout the “Lone Star State.” The “preface,” if I but have the time to write one. will explain to you the many embarrassing and disadvantageous circumstances under which this volume was compiled, prepared and brought before the public.
The why and wherefores of our being called from our peaceful homes and happy firesides, is already known sufficiently well enough to you, to obviate the necessity on my part of repeating it here. Some time in June, 1861, II. II. Sibley, who was an officer in the United States regular service, serving in the Territory of New Mexico (Ft. Craig I am told) resigned his commission in that service and went to Montgomery, Alabama, which was then the Capitol of the Confederacy. After representing to the chiefs of our government the true condition of affairs in New Mexico and Arizona, he was commissioned as Brigadier-General and ordered to raise a Brigade of Cavalry in the State of Texas, with but as little delay as possible, and proceed to that Territory, and us commander in chief of that district, to lead to conquest, victory and glory those under him. He arrived in Texas in the month of May following, and established his head-quarters in San Antonio.
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