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James Collins, contractor to drive beeves

Mike Thomasson,

Who was the "James Collins" who contracted to drive beeves? .. His middle initial could have been an "N.", "W.", "H." or an "M." ... hard to know since it was handwritten. ..Five of Bourland's men drove beef for Collins (direct quotes from their CSA archival records):

1) Carsey, James T., “Jan 65 Detailed to drive beeves for James Collins since May 16, 64, report to Commissary Agent at
..... Bonham TX”
2) Hair, M. H. "Jan 65 Report to J.N. Collins to drive beef, May 30, 65 till further orders”
3) Slade, J. H. “Jan 65 Report to J.N. Collins to drive beeves, May 20, 65 by Gen McCulloch till further notice”
4) Stevens, M. E. “Jan 65 Report to J.N. Collins May 3, 65 until further notice by order of Gen McCulloch”
5) Taylor, D. F. “Nov 64 Report to J.N. Collins to drive beef, May 30, 65 by order of McCulloch”

Yes, I'm still trying to identify the "Major Campbell" in Brig-Gen. H.E. McCulloch's Jun 1864 letter to Bourland below. I have transcribed 34 letters written by McCulloch found in THE BOURLAND PAPERS that are not in the OFFICIAL RECORD, but should be. Also found were 9 letters written to McCulloch that are not in the OFFICIAL RECORD.
I think McCulloch would have known in Jun 1864 that W.L. Cabell had been a Brig-Gen since before Feb 1964 and ranked higher than a major. The only "Campbell" that I can find who was a quartermaster who could have become a major by Jun 1864 was the "Capt. [M.H.] Campbell" of Oct 1862 Chickasaw Nation.


Bonham, Fannin County, Texas
June 18, 1864

COLONEL [James Bourland, Comdg. on Frontier]:

Mr. James [N.] Collins, agent of Major Campbell, who is the purchasing Commissary for your section of country informs me that his [cow] hands have been [kept] from driving beef cattle to the army and notified that all the cattle have been sold through your section to contractors.

If Mr. Collins is prevented from driving beef, the army must suffer, this might not be under obligations to see that Mr. Collins gets beef if there is any in the country and he has the right to impress the beef of contractors unless they have a special guarantee against impressment and the law indicates very clearly a disposition to impress produce in the hands of contractors and speculators before taking it from producers and you know I have held to the same doctrine as was too plainly shown in the case of Doctors Burks and Hamilton.

The people are under no obligation to sell to contractors while they are bound to sell to agents from the fact that they (the agents) have power to impress. ..It is hoped that Mr. Collins will drive or purchase no more beef than is actually necessary before the first of July but he must have what is necessary and you must render him the necessary aid to obtain it.

Most respectfully your Obt. Svt.,

Henry E. McCulloch, Brig. Genl. Comdg., N.S.D., Hd. Qrs. ..per BP-DM4406-3O-149.


Fort Arbuckle, C.N.
Oct 16, 1862

CSA General Albert Pike

Agreeably to the orders of [CSA] Col. [D.H.] Cooper, of date August 19, the Chickasaw battalion commenced
reorganizing, and now have reorganized five [5] companies, and, with the exception of a few, all members of the old battalion; but it is the fact, and I regret very much to say, that there is not one officer in all the companies that is capable to fulfill the duties of either quartermaster, commissary, or adjutant. Capt. [R.L.] Cochran, whom you appointed commissary and assigned to duty for the battalion, says he considers himself no longer in the commissary department, and I have made a temporary appointment to act during the reorganization of the battalion. Capt. [M.H.] Campbell still retains his office, and has told me that he will act until relieved.

The battalion is in a bad condition -- no shoes, hats, clothing, or tents; but I hope those things which they are in much need of will be furnished soon. With that hope before them they stick together. If it is in your power to do so, could you not appoint a commissary for us and continue Capt. [M.H.] Campbell in the quartermaster's department, and also appoint an adjutant for the battalion? If a citizen can be appointed I should recommend Mr. Davisse, who has formerly acted as such in the old battalion a few months. There is also Mr. [A.] Rennie, who acted as adjutant up to the time the re-enlistment commenced, and he, considering himself out of service, went home.

All the officers of the old battalion took a stampede as soon as the day of reenlistment arrived, and [Chickasaw] Governor [C.] Harris, who was authorized to re-enlist, being sick and not able to attend to it, assigned me the duty. I have succeeded so far as to get five companies reorganized, as I said before. There were very little provisions in the commissariat, and I have made requisition on the quartermaster at Ft Washita for provisions.

This was my only chance to keep the men together, and made a temporary arrangement for beef. If I was wrong in so doing I hope I may be excused, because I saw no other chance. The lieutenant-colonel of the old battalion having told them that the old battalion was disbanded, a great many of the men took it for granted that they were free to go when they pleased, and, sir, it required all my energy, by talking, explaining, persuading to remain, but a great many went home; but I hope to see you up here before long.

Yours, respectfully,
James Gamble, Captain Comdg
Chickasaw Battalion ........per ORsIvI[S#19]p895.



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