|Collection||Pearce Civil War Collection|
|Title||Hood (John Bell) Papers, 1862|
|Creator||Hood (John Bell)|
|Date||January 26, 1862|
|Dates of Creation||January 26, 1862|
|Scope & Content||
Colonel Hood wrote this letter to Miss Louise Wigfall. At the time, her father, Brigadier General Louis T. Wigfall was commander of the "Texas Brigade." Wigfall resigned from the Confederate army in February of 1862 in order to maintain a seat in the Confederate Congress. The letter is in thanks for a flag presented to the 4th Texas Infantry by Louise Wigfall.
"I can assure you, that the gallant hearts that throb beneath its sacred folds, will only be content, when this glorious banner is planted first and foremost in the coming struggle for out independence… And after we have gained all for which we are now contending, it shall be placed in the Archives of the State of Texas."
The flag was lost to the Union on September 17, 1862 at the battle of Antietam and returned to the state of Texas by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905 from the War Department.
|Finding Aids||Available in the archives or online at www.pearcecollections.us|
Hood, John Bell (author)
Wigfall, Louis Trezevant (recipient)
Loyalty and patriotism
Battle of Antietam
4th Texas Infantry
Hood's Texas Brigade
|Credit line||Pearce Civil War Collection|
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