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Spartan Band: Burnett's 13th Texas Cavalry in the Civil War (War and the Southwest) Hardcover – February 17, 2005
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In the beginning of the war when the regiment was recruiting men to join the Confederate Cavalry, the author noted that some of the soldiers who joined were sympathetic to the Union and deserted quickly to go back home or join Union Regiments. However, this was not a common occurrence. The regiment unfortunately like so many other regiments endured diseases that swept through the regiment because of poor sanitation, poor winter clothing, and other infirmities. This regiment fought in the western theater of the war and during the course of the war, it had seven commanding officers. The first commanding officer was John H. Burnett who was a veteran of the Mexican War and settled in Texas from Georgia. He was elected to the Texas Senate in August of 1861 and as senator introduced bills that integrated Texas fully into the Confederate War effort.Read more ›