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at Brazos Santiago, TEXAS
Brazos Santiago, 1846

"There is no water here, only what we get by sinking barrels in the sand, and let the water rise in them, and it is very brackish - almost heaves us when we drink it. Clouds of sand are continually blowing over us, in our eyes and victuals. This certainly is a very disagreeable place. Not a tree to be seen and nothing to delight the eye of man. A barren waste."- Stephen F. Nunnalee, Journal, July 5, 1846

[View Map of Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1846]

    First Encampment
  • July 4, 1846: Company D, along with most of Alabama regiment, arrives off the bar at Brazos Santiago, Texas, aboard the steamship Fashion.
  • July 19-22, 1846: Capt. Moore and three other members of the company (Bell, Kirksey, and Creswell) visit Matamoros.
  • July 20, 1846: Alabama regiment marches from Brazos Santiago to mouth of the Rio Grande.
  • July 24, 1846: Alabamians arrive at Camp Belknap, about two miles upriver.

In between encampments here, the Alabama regiment was stationed at Camp Belknap and Camargo.

    Second Encampment
  • Nov. 29, 1846: Company D, along with rest of regiment, arrives back at Brazos, on their way to Tampico. Men set up camp.
  • Dec. 5, 1846: Ridgeway returns to company from furlough in Alabama, brings mail from friends and family in Greene County.
  • Dec. 7 -8, 1846: Capt. Moore visits Point Isabel.
  • Dec. 12, 1846: Alabama regiment embarks for Tampico aboard steamship Virginia.


Butler, Steven R., ed. The Eutaw Rangers in the War with Mexico: The Mexican War Journal & Letters of Capt. Sydenham Moore and the Mexican War Journal of Pvt. Stephen F. Nunnalee, Company D, First Regiment of Alabama Volunteers (Richardson, Texas: Descendants of Mexican War Veterans, 1998).

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