at Hd Quarters in San Antonio would be listened to and your wishes
complied with. Should this not be the case, I understand that
company will disband, unless properly mustered out and discharged.
The arms which they have, were purchased here by order of col Ford,
for account of the State, and are valuable. In addition to
these, they have at Laredo, in Boxes 50 percussion muskets
with accoutrements, complete.
The company of capt Wm H Brewin, mounted, organized
out of the late Garrison here, and of which I wrote you some time
since, has been duly mustered into the service of the C.S. They
occupy Ringgold Barracks, 84 strong, and are armed with
State arms—Holster pistols and Rifles. It is a fine company.
The company to be raised by col. Clay Davie, and of
which I wrote you, proved a total failure. I then authorized
F.J. Parker of this place, jointly with Wm Neale and Jno Walton,
all old citizens, and large property holders, to raise one Infantry
company to garrison Fort Brown, and to form part of the Coast
defence [sic] Regt. On [the] day before yesterday, the 8th Inst, they were mustered
into the service of the C.S., by order of Col. McCulloch, 79 strong,
and they are in the Barracks, on duty.
The confederacy has not a single small arm here, and
hence this company too will have to be armed with State Muskets[.]
The cavalry companies are almost without arms, and for the reason
upon the special requisition of col Ford, I was forced to issue
them 100 Rifles. It could not be avoided, for the ordinance of
the convention, creating these companies, Sec 4, page 34, imposes
upon the State the duty of arming them.
Judge B.F. Neal arrived here from Corpus, and informs me
Charles Løvenskiold to Edward Clark, October 10, 1861. Records of Governor Edward Clark, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.