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(Transcribed by Dorman Holub)

     Early in 1847, pending the war between the United States and Mexico and before Dallas county was a year old, a call was made by Colonel John C. Hays of San Antonio for volunteers to constitute what became subsequently distinguished as Hays' Second Regiment of Texas Rangers in that war.

     A company was formed at Dallas composed partly of men from Fannin, Collin, and Dallas counties. The various companies of the regiment were mustered in at San Antonio for twelve months, or during the war, in April and May, 1847 (he Dallas and last company late in June), and were discharged in May, 1848, so that each company served twelve months. (The war began at Palo Alto May 9, 1846; the treaty of peace was signed at Guadalupe Hidalgo, February 2, 1848, and the American army evacuated Mexico in June, 1848)

     Of this famous regiment of mounted men, John C. Hays was Colonel, Peter H. Bell (afterward governor from 1849 to 1853) was lieutenant colonel, and (after October, 1847) Alfred M. Truitt was major, having been to that time one of the captains, and John S. Ford was the adjutant.


Samuel Highsmith

James S. Gillet

Middleton T. Johnson

Jacob Roberts

Gabriel M. Armstrong (succeeded in October 1847 by First Lieutenant
Alfred Evans)

Isaac Ferguson (died in the city of Mexico, January 1, 1848, and succeeded by First Lieutenant Preston Witt)

Chaucer Ashton (successor to Captain Truitt, died in the city of Mexico, December 14, 1847, and succeeded by Alexander E. Handley)

Henry W. Baylor

Shapley P. Ross

Hammond Warfield after August, 1847

     The companies of Captains Johnson, Ross, Highsmith, Gillett and Baylor were stationed at different points on the frontier of Texas, under Lieutenant Colonel Bell. All the others went with Hays to Mexico. They marched from San Antonio to Laredo, and down the west side of the Rio Grande to its mouth, about 300 miles, and were transported in steamers to Vera Cruz, where their brilliant career began, and where, on the return of peace, they re-embarked for home. The Dallas company was discharged in Vera Cruz about May 6, 1848.

     Rev. Samuel Corley, of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, faithfully discharged the double dates of soldier and chaplain, and was beloved by the whole regiment.


I can only give an incomplete list of the men, after consulting
Messrs. Daniel, Jackson and McCommas, three survivors in Dallas


Stephen Kinsey, of Fannin, was captain till October, 1847

Preston Witt, formerly first lieutenant

Josiah Pancoast, second lieutenant and regimental commissary, became first lieutenant October 1847

John L. Terry, of Collin, third lieutenant

Kinch Hensley, of Fannin, third lieutenant

Wm. E. Crook, orderly sergeant, promoted to lieutenant, drew the maps of Peters' colony, died in Shelby county

John H. Daniel, commissary sergeant

Shelton Robbins, succeeded Crook as orderly


Nathan Atterberry

Rufus Anderson (of Collins)

Libner Barnard (Fannin)

James Barrow, died in Mexico

James S. Barker, lives in Shelby county

Wm. Benton

Stephen Conrad, died in San Angel, valley of Mexico

Jesse Cox, died in Dallas county, 1886

Elijah Carder, died in Mexico

Christopher Carder, died in Mexico, brother of Elijah Carder

George R. Counts, came home sick and died in Missouri

Thomas Dykes, died New Orleans enroute home

Calvin Green

James Glenn, lives in Denton

John B. Gorbett, substituted on the Rio Grande by George Markham

____ Hatfield, deserted on the Rio Grande to avoid prosecution for a row; (had too much of the good old Methodists' hell-cat in him)

James Hensley, of Fannin

____ Hat, of Collin

____ Hunter, killed by his own pistol at Jalapa

Peter Haught, living in Dallas county

Samuel A. Haught, living in Dallas county, brother of Peter

____ Hatter, of Fannin

____ Humphreys, drowned in Kaufman county

Wm. Hicklin, afterward killed in an impromptu duel

Wm. Herald, of Fannin, died in Puebla

John Herald, brother of William

Andrew Sloan Jackson, living in Dallas County

Wm. C. Jackson, came home since and died September 12, 1848, brother of Andrew

Wm. Keen

Benjamin Keen

Benjamin Lindsey, of Fannin

Andrew Lawson

_____ Moss (1)

_____ Moss (2)

John McCommas, living in Dallas, discharged sick in the city of Mexico, January 14, 1848: got home in March

John C. McCommas, same as his nephew John, lives in Young County

Stephen B. McCommas, Jr., brother of John, died in the city of Mexico December 24, 1847

Burke McCommas, cousin of John, died near the same time

George Markham, substitute for John B. Gorbett (his children living in Dallas county)

Ben Noggle or Noagle, of Fannin

John Newton

John L. Pulliam

Benjamin J. Prigmore (still holds the fort near Richardson, Dallas county, and is still not of age under the new pension law, lacking three or four years of being sixty-two!)

Dudley F. Pearson

Anderson Pruitt (his `society' title in camp life being `Piny Woods')

George R. Paschal, 80 years old, lives at Terrell, and has a youthful desire to migrate to the land of gold and grow up with the country, because his elder kindred oppose his using tobacco

Christopher C. Porter

William Romme, died in Mexico

William Scrutch

Natan Scrutch

George W. Smith

William Shahan, died in castle Perote

____ Shahan, brother of William

Hiram Shirley, died and was buried at sea en route home February 1848

Alexander A. Thomas, died in Dallas county

John Thomas, died in Mexico, brother of Alexander

James Vance, now dead

James Welborn, went early to California, and died recently

Hogan Witt, lives in Collin

Wm. Wilhite, died in Mexico

McKinsey Wilhite, 71, died in Mexico, brother of Wm.

Benjamin Abbott

Gilbert R. Brush, of Fort Bend county, and ex-Mier prisoner

Thomas Callahan

_____ Cotton, who was wounded in the service

_____ Goodman, called Old Music

_____ Gardner, whose revolver burst in Vera Cruz, wounding
his hand and killing his horse

John Huitt (not the same who was sheriff of Dallas county)

_____ Jolly (1)

_____ Jolly (2), both brothers afterward of Hopkins county

_____ Kaufman

Benjamin Leppard

James Newton

_____ Robbins, brother of Shelton

William Swinson, who married a Mexican and remained in that country

_____ Vance, a youth

Milton Vincent

Harvey Vanslyke who died in Puebla.

     This is a total of 89 names to of what was probably 95, though
some of the survivors say 110, 114 and 121, all of whom are believed
to be mistaken.

     Acknowledgment is given to the services of Messrs. Samuel A.
Haught and Benjamin A. Prigmore, who assisted in furnishing the
above list of names, and stated that in regard to the total number
that Mr. Prigmore was confident the number was 95.


(Transcribed by Dorman Holub from John Henry Brown's Memorial & Biographical History of Dallas County, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago,, 1892, pp. 209-210. Permission to reproduce this transcription must be obtained from Dorman Holub)