Part 6, Note 31
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Colorado Citizen, August 31, 1861,
September 7, 1861, September 14, 1861; Official Records, series 1, vol.
15, pp. 149, 825, 826, 832, 851, 883-884, 955; Compiled Service Records of
Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas,
National Archives Microfilm Publication No. 323, Service Record of Alfred J.
Dockery, Roll 10. Dockery was hospitalized in Columbus on January 10, 1863, then
detached to the hospital as an attendant until at least a year later. Bill
Winsor, in his Texas in the Confederacy (Hillsboro: Hill Junior College
Press, 1978), reports that a surgeon named W. R. Robinson established a hospital
in Columbus on October 15, 1862 (see p. 45). Winsor provides no source for his
information. There was a physician named William R. Robinson who served in the
Confederate army in Texas, but his military record does not mention the Columbus
The Confederate government had passed two laws which allowed it to impress slaves for whatever end (see James Muscoe Matthews, ed., The Statutes At Large of the Confederate States of America, Passed at the Third Session of the First Congress; 1863 (Richmond: R. M. Smith, 1863), p. 104; James Muscoe Matthews, ed., The Statutes At Large of the Confederate States of America, Passed at the Fourth Session of the First Congress; 1863-4 (Richmond: R. M. Smith, 1864), pp. 235-236).