On a Christmas morning, Lieutenant R. J. Lambert accompanied his detail of twenty men from the fourth Texas regiment along the Potomac. Soon after the commencement of the war, the Lieutenant was acclimating to the days of battle. On a cold and snowy day, they experienced the first taste of war-time excitement after a near encounter with an time-tested hospital vessel that had originally been mistakenly identified.
- One hundred fifty years ago today, a nineteen-year-old Confederate soldier named Valerius Cincinnatus Giles (1842-1915) went out on picket duty along the Potomac.
- On Christmas morning a detail of twenty men was sent from the Fourth Texas Regiment to relieve the picket guard along the river. This detail was commanded by Lieutenant R. J. Lambert.
- Lewis L. Giles of Terry’s Texas Rangers, Troop D, Eighth Texas Cavalry, was mortally wounded at the battle of Mumfordsville
“On Christmas morning a detail of twenty men was sent from the Fourth Texas Regiment to relieve the picket guard along the river.”