Executive Office
Austin April 27, 1861.

Sir,

You are ordered to put the ``Austin City Light Infantry'' Company under your command in immediate march for San Antonio, for the protection of that City, and such other service in emergency as may be required of you at that place by the commanding officer thereof. This order you will perform with as much dispatch as possible under the circumstances. Transportation and subsistence will be furnished your command to San Antonio, at which place you will be subsited by the proper officer of the Confederate States. Your company is called into the service under the requisition made upon me by Col. Van Dorn for two thousand volunteers to meet be concentrated at San Antonio.

I have the honor to be
Your Obt. Sert.
Edward Clark

Capt. B. F. Carter

Austin
Texas.

x. I rely confidently upon the courage and gallantry of your company to sustain the reputation of Texans in whatever service they may be employed.


Edward Clark was the first Confederate Governor of Texas, succeeding Sam Houston on March 16, 1861. Benjamin Franklin Carter became the first Captain of Company B, Fourth Texas Infantry. Carter rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the Fourth Texas before being mortally wounded on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg.

Source: Texas State Archives and Library
Transcribed by: David Golimowski