TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. V. APRIL, 1902. No. 4.
The publication committee and the editor disclaim responsibility for views expressed by
contributors to the Quarterly.
THE QUARREL BETWEEN GOVERNOR SMITH AND THE
COUNCIL OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERN-
MENT OF THE REPUBLIC.1
W. ROY SMITH.
In studying any period of warfare we shall usually find the writ-
ers devoting pages to the details of military operations, while the
government, which provides for the army and makes those opera-
tions possible, is dismissed in a few lines. No explanation of this
is necessary. In one case the subject matter is interesting and dra-
matic, in the other it is apt to be dry and technical. Nevertheless,
the purely military historian is often compelled to turn his atten-
tion to the government in order to understand events which would
otherwise be inexplicable. Could any one imagine a history of the
Seven Years' War with Pitt left out, or of our own Civil War with-
out an account of the work of Chase and Seward? That is to say,
in time of war neither the government nor the army can be con-
sidered apart from the other. The object of this paper will be to
give a somewhat detailed account of the quarrel between Governor
Smith and the council of the provisional government of Texas in
1835-1836, with a view to showing its mischievous effect upon the
campaign against the Mexicans.
1A thesis accepted by the University of Texas in part fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of M. A., which was conferred on Mr. Smith in
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