The Civil War in Texas: An Exhibit from the Texas State Library and Archives

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Charles Løvenskiold to Edward Clark, October 10, 1861

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Charles Lovenskold to Edward Clark, October 1861

Brownsville, Octr 10th 1861

His Excellency Ed Clark
Governor of Texas


The following facts have come to
my knowledge and I communicate them to you for your information.

The company of Rangers organized by captain Benevides
at or near Laredo, and which has been in the State service some six
months, has refused to muster into the service of the Confederacy
for the war; and consequently, if still doing duty, they are
acting for account of the State. They are the best armed compy [sic]
in the service, having Holster pistols and Hall’s breach-loading
Carbines, throughout complete. It is notorious that they have
done good service, ridding us of Cortina and the Zapata county
Rebellion. They owe their origin to the act of the convention
of March 18th 61; “To provide in part for the Military defence [sic] of
the State of Texas,” just as the companies of capts Nolan,
Littleton & Donelson, the last three of whom the Confederacy were
willing to muster in the service for 12 months. As I am told,
capt Benevides was and is willing to muster in for this period,
but thinks that the C.S. Government has no right to demand
more from him and his companies, than has been asked from
the other Rangering Companies. Perhaps your representations

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Charles Løvenskiold to Edward Clark, October 10, 1861. Records of Governor Edward Clark.

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