TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
VOL. XIII. OCTOBER, 1909. No. 2
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THE NAVY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS.
THE SECOND NAVY OF TEXAS
XIII. THE MUTINY ON BOARD THE SAN ANTONIO.
On the evening of February 11, 1842, there occurred a mutiny
on the Texan war vessel San Antonio, which had just arrived from
Sisal and was lying in the Mississippi River opposite the city of
New Orleans. When the principal officers had gone ashore, the
seamen in some way procured liquor and drank themselves into a
state of intoxication. Their suspicious conduct was noted by the
officers left on board, who began to prepare for an emergency, but
did not suspect a mutiny. The sergeant of marines asked M. H.
Dearborn, officer in charge of the deck, for permission to go ashore.
Dearborn replied that no officer then on the vessel was authorized
to give such permission and advised the sergeant to wait until the
captain returned. The sergeant continued to argue the point; and
Lieutenant Charles Fuller, who was for the time in charge of the
vessel, came on deck and inquired the cause of the disturbance.
Some of the men told him that they wished to go ashore. He
then ordered the sergeant to arm the marine guard. This was
done, and the sergeant probably gave arms to the crew also. He
then approached Lieutenant Fuller and, after having first at-
tempted to strike him with a tomahawk, shot and killed him. As
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