Dr. A. F. L. Cutler's Saddlebags
Bourland's Border Regiment

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Dr. A. F. L. Cutler (1829-1875) was a surgeon in Bourland's Border Regiment. His saddlebags are shown in these photos. The saddlebags had instruments and papers in the top section. The wooden partitions in the lower portion of the saddlebags were hand cut from an English hosiery box. It appears that the top leather covers were coated with tar or something similar, probably for weatherproofing. Unfortunately the saddlebags were lost in a tornado circa 1950 and found sometime later in a creek. Some of the bottles in the lower portion of the saddlebags still have remnants of medicine in them. Most of the labels are now illegible. Dr. Cutler died in Ft Smith, AR. Family legend states that he went out during a storm to treat a little girl, got sick, and died shortly afterwards." per family tradition, sent by Gary Cutler of Vida, OR.  (see vIIppA-9, A-12, A-22, A-29, A-287, A-335)

History of Bourland's Regiment, Texas Cavalry (Border Regiment)
Bourland's Cavalry Regiment was organized during the spring of 1863 and served in the Trans-Mississippi Department. The purpose of this unit was to guard the northern border of Texas and at times, therefore, was called the Border Regiment. It confronted the Federals in the Indian Territory and Texas, and on January 1, 1865, it reported 4 officers and 564 men fit for duty. The regiment surrendered in June. Colonel James Bourland, Lieutenant Colonel John R. Diamond, and Major Charles L. Roff were in command.
Elm Creek (October 13, 1864)


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