Part 8, Note 21

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Muster and Pay Roll, Company E, 8th Regiment, State Guards, September 1, 1870, Adjutant General's Records (RG 401), Archives Division, Texas State Library; Gammel, comp., The Laws of Texas 1822-1897, vol. 6, pp. 185-190; Colorado County Deed Records, Book N, pp. 81, 86. Of Nail's 100 men, only 29 could be reasonably identified on the 1870 census. Of those 29, 27 were black. The other two were named John Harbert and John Smith, whose common names make absolute identification problematical. Two other members of the unit, Nail himself and Tom Braker, are identified as black men in Colorado County's deed records. The reserve militia companies were: Company A, with Captain George Millan McCormick, headquartered at Columbus, containing 103 members; Company B, with Captain Ed H. Adams, headquartered at Frelsburg, containing 100 members; Company C, with Captain A. Braden, headquartered at New Mainz, containing 100 members; Company D, with Captain Alex Matthews, headquartered at Alleyton, containing 102 members; and Company E, with Captain Isaac N. Wall, headquartered at Oakland, containing 88 members (see Muster Rolls, Second Regiment, Reserve Militia, 1870-1871, Adjutant General's Records (RG 401), Archives Division, Texas State Library, Austin). Several Colorado County men held higher offices in the reserve militia. Robert P. Tendick was a brigadier general, George S. Ziegler a colonel, Camillus Jones a lieutenant colonel, Nathan W. Lane a major, and Isaac Yates a quartermaster. Tendick, Ziegler, and Jones will be encountered many more times in this chapter (see The Texas Almanac for 1871, and Emigrants Guide to Texas (n. p., n. d.), pp. 242-243).