The Fourth Alabama Painting by Don Troiani

Army of the Potomac

Captain T J Goree, volunteer aide on the staff of Brigadier General J Longstreet

Captain T J Goree, Volunteer Aide de Camp to Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army

Independent Texas Rangers

COLONEL B F TERRY, Volunteer Aide de Camp
B F Terry was appointed colonel and volunteer aide de camp to Brigadier General J Longstreet, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, on 21 July, 1861, and colonel, 8th Texas Cavalry, on 16 November, 1861, dated 23 September, 1861 (See the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac). Colonel B F Terry was killed on 17 December, 1861.

  • Colonel T S Lubbock, Volunteer Aide de Camp: T S Lubbock was appointed colonel and volunteer aide de camp to Brigadier General J Longstreet, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, on 21 July, 1861, and lieutenant colonel, 8th Texas Cavalry, on 16 November, 1861, dated 23 September, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel T S Lubbock died at Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, on 9 January, 1862.
  • Captain T J Goree, Volunteer Aide de Camp: T J Goree was appointed captain and volunteer aide de camp to Brigadier General J Longstreet, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, on 20 July, 1861, and first lieutenant colonel and aide de camp to Lieutenant General J Longstreet, on 14 January, 1862, dated 31 December, 1861.

Sources

"Some of the Rangers referred to above, start this morning for Manassas Junction, where they will operate till joined by their comrades."

The Daily Dispatch, 22 June, 1861 - Texan Rangers

"Well! our little Texas Squad has been received as independent Texas Rangers. We are furnished with rations and forage whilst in service and are allowed to quit whenever we feel so disposed."

"We had at Richmond about 15 Texans, but only about 5 of that number have yet reached this place."

"We are acting as Rangers or as scouts for this division of the army, and we flatter ourselves that we will render very effective service to the cause in that way."

Longstreet's aide: The civil war letters of Major Thomas J. Goree, by Thomas Jewett Goree

"Capt. T. S. Lubbock's guerrillas will leave Houston on or about the 5th of June to participate in the war. They are made up of men expecting to pay their way. Every man will furnish his own horse and saddle and take with him $250 in money. About fifty men are now ready."

The Houston Telegraph, 31 May, 1861

"In the spring of 1861, Wharton, in company with Benjamin Franklin Terry and Thomas S. Lubbock departed Texas, determined to take part in the first battle for Confederate independence. Wharton fell ill shortly after arriving in Virginia however, and missed the first battle of Manassas. Returning to Texas, Wharton raised and was elected captain of Company B – the Archer Greys – the largest company in in the Eighth Texas Cavalry."

Our trust is in the God of battles: The civil war letters of Robert Franklin Bunting, Chaplin, Terry's Texas Rangers, C.S.A., edited by Thomas W Cutrer

"The guerrillas are composed, so far, of Colonels Terry, Wharton, Goree, and Hatcher, and Captains Lubbock, Conner, et al. We will organise ourselves into a regiment, elect our field officers, and what few captains, non-commissioned officers and privates we may need we will raise after we get to Virginia." A guerrilla writes from Brashear City, Louisiana, 15 June, 1861

Six decades in Texas or memoirs of Francis Richard Lubbock, Governor of Texas in war-time, 1861–63: A personal experience in business, war, and politics, edited by C W Raines

"Texan Rangers are now in her service, and more will shortly be coming. Among the influential gentlemen now in our midst from that State, may be mentioned Cols. F. Terry, J. W. Wharton, J. T. Thatcher; Capts. T. S. Lubbock, Dan Conner, Dr. Freeman, Mr. La Toole, and J. F. Mutchet, M. D., who are in the city, with some twenty comrades, for the purpose of offering to President Davis the services of 150 picked men, of pecuniary ability, and of established fighting stock, who, if they are accepted, will pay their own way; and, as scouts and guerillas, design to prove a terror and a bye-word to our Northern brethren now operating with arms against our peace and quiet."

The Richmond Daily Dispatch, 22 June, 1861 - Texan Rangers

Reports of the committee on public safety to the Convention of the people of the state of Texas, which assembled at Austin, the 28th January, 1861, and re-assembled on the 2d day of March, 1861: Containing the missions to San Antonio, to the Rio Grande, and the N. W. Frontier, Gen'l Roger's mission to Louisiana, to procure arms and the Conference of the sub-committee with the late Gov. Houston, with accompanying documents, by the Texas Committee on public safety

Notes

Colonels B F Terry and T S Lubbock and Captain T J Goree were assigned to the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, on 21 July, 1861.

Houston, Harris County, Texas, to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 10-16 June, 1861: B F Terry, T S Lubbock, and T J Goree were stationed at Houston, Harris County, Texas, on 9 June, 1861, and proceeded to Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, in the evening on 10 June, 1861. They arrived at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, in the morning on 11 June, 1861, and proceeded by schooner on the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at 2 PM on 11 June, 1861.B F Terry, T S Lubbock, and T J Goree were accompanied by J Longstreet and arrived at Brashear City, Berwick's Bay, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 14 June, 1861 (See the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac). He arrived at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 16 June, 1861.

Note: B F Terry, T S Lub bock, T J Goree, J W Wharton, D A Conner, and J T Thatcher were stationed at Brashear City, Berwick's Bay, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, on 15 June, 1861.

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, to Richmond, Virginia, 17-21 June, 1861: B F Terry, T S Lubbock, and T J Goree proceeded by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad to Richmond, Virginia, in the evening on 17 June, 1861, and arrived by the Richmond & Danville Railroad at Richmond, Virginia, on 21 June, 1861.

Note: B F Terry, T S Lubbock, J T Goree, J W Wharton, T N Waul, and L T Wigfall were stationed at Richmond, Virginia, on 23 June, 1861 (See the 1st Texas Infantry).

Richmond, Virginia, to Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, 26 & 27 June, 1861: B F Terry, T S Lubbock, T J Goree, D A Conner, and P T Woodson arrived at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 26 June, 1861, and B F Terry and T S Lubbock were engaged in a skirmish within four miles of Alexandria, Virginia, in the evening on 27 June, 1861.

Note: B F Terry, T S Lubbock, and D Conner assigned as scouts to the Army of the Potomac by Special Orders No.67, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 26 June, 1861, and were stationed at Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, under the command of Brigadier General M L Bonham, First Brigade, Army of the Potomac, between 26 June and 17 July, 1861 (See the First Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, to Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, 17 July, 1861: B F Terry, T S Lubbock, T J Goree, D A Conner, and P T Woodson were ordered to withdraw to Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the morning on 17 July, 1861, and arrived in the evening the same day.

Note: T J Goree was assigned as a volunteer aide de camp to Brigadier General M L Bonham, First Brigade, Army of the Potomac, during the skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, on 18 July, 1861.

T J Goree was appointed captain and aide de camp to Brigadier General J Longstreet, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, on 20 July, 1861, and B F Terry and T S Lubbock colonels and volunteer aides de camps to Brigadier General J Longstreet, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, on 21 July, 1861 (See the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac).

Follow & observe enemy near Centreville & Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, 22 July, 1861: Colonel F B Terry was ordered to follow and observe the enemy, to pick up stragglers, and secure relinquished property near Centreville and Fairfax Courthouse, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the morning on 22 July, 1861, and was accompanied by 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company E (See the 30th Virginia Cavalry, Company E). He arrived at Fairfax Courthouse via Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day and was ordered to Blackburn's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the evening on 22 July, 1861.

Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac: Major J Longstreet, paymaster, United States Army, resigned at Alburqueue, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, on 1 June, 1861, and was stationed at Galveston, on Galveston and Pelican Islands, Galveston County, Texas, on 10 June, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel J Longstreet, infantry, Confederate States Army, proceeded by schooner to Richmond, Virginia, at 2 PM on 11 June, 1861, and arrived at Brashear City, Berwick's Bay, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 14 June, 1861. He arrived at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 16 June, 1861, and proceeded by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad to Richmond, Virginia, in the evening on 17 June, 1861. Lieutenant Colonel J Longstreet, infantry, Confederate States Army, was appointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, on 17 June, 1861, and arrived by the Richmond & Danville Railroad at Richmond, Virginia, on 21 June, 1861. Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 2 July, 1861, and was assigned to command the Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.92, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 5 July, 1861.

Note: Major J Longstreet, paymaster, United States Army, was appointed lieutenant colonel, infantry, Confederate States Army, at Richmond, Virginia, on 1 May, 1861, dated 16 March, 1861.

After the first battle of Manassas Colonel B F Terry and Colonel T S Lubbock organised the 8th Texas Cavalry at Houston, Harris County, Texas, under the command of Colonel B F Terry, Lieutenant Colonel T S Lubbock and Major T Harrison, in November 1861.

Reports

OFFICIAL REPORT No.100: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), pp543-544
Brigadier General J Longstreet, Confederate States Army, Fourth Brigade, Army of the Potomac, dated 28 July, 1861

Orders of Battle

The above painting, 'The Fourth Alabama', is by Don Troiani, modern America's finest historical artist.