on and cheering the battle was a group of women at a house
over looking the battle. As one of the charges went forward,
an Arkansas regiment lost its colors to a Yankee volley. One
of the young women, Alice Thompson, rushed from the house
where she had taken shelter, raised the flag and rallied the
wavering unit. She was only 17 at the time. The 3rd Texas
Cavalry Flag met a similar fate as it too was blasted from
its staff. The bearer retrieved the flag and escaped through
a plum thicket. The flag was torn to ribbons. Choctaw maidens
in Indian Territory had given the flag to the 3rd a year and
a half before.
a combined charge of Forrests Cavalry and the Texas
Brigade from two separate directions overwhelmed the enemy
and caused them to surrender. Van Dorns command captured
1, 151 prisoners including 75 officers. There were 377 men
killed or wounded of the enemy. Van Dorns forces lost
357 men killed or wounded and the 3rd Texas Cavalry accounted
for twenty-four wounded and ten killed.
this period there were several skirmishes involving the 3rd
Texas and many raids. The Federal Cavalry, under the command
of General Granger was constantly pressing forward. The Cavalry
corps under Van Dorn was caught between the Duck River and
rains were causing it to be flooded. On March 11th, the Cavalry
Corps was able to dash across the river, as the 3rd Texas
was the vanguard of the rear covering Forrests cavalry
as it crossed. On March 20th, Van Dorns cavalry put
up a pontoon bridge and re-crossed the river and traveled
to back to Spring Hill.
the cavalry rested they had a chance for a Grand Review of
the Cavalry Corps. This took place on April 8th at Spring
Hill. Some six-thousand cavalry troops paraded for the edification
of the visiting officers, admiring ladies and members of the
press. The Mobil Register and Advisor said, "thousands
of horses formed a line
the high spirited boys
gleaming guns and glistening sabers. The Texas Cavalry was
rollicking, rascally, brave, singular looking customers with
large brimmed hats, dark features, shaggy Mexican mustangs,
and a lariat around the pummel of their saddles."
days later the Cavalry found itself back in the war again.
General Bragg ordered Van Dorn to take some 3,700 cavalry
on the Morning of April 10th and reconnoiter the town of Franklin.
The almost battle resulted in large skirmishes where both
forces parlayed to surround the other. The engagement was
discontinued and the cavalry withdrew. This was the last time
Van Dorn would have Forrest under his command as they had
grown to quarrel and each detested the other. Forrest, who
also hated Bragg, was ordered by Bragg to take his cavalry
and go to Northern Alabama.
the series of battle at and around Thompson Station came to
a close and the 3rd Texas moved on to another venture in its
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