The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913

Kentucky and the Independence of Texas

KENTUCKY AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF TEXAS'1
JAMES E. WINSTON
In all the wars in which their country has been engaged, Ken-
tuckians have ever been found in the vanguard of those who have
gone forth when the call to arms has sounded. They have been
prodigal of their blood on many a hard-fought field since the time
when Kentucky was first numbered among the states of the Union.
In the wars waged with the Indians, both within and beyond the
borders of their state; in the war of 1812; in the Mexican war;
and, above all, in the four years' strife when Kentuckian was
arrayed against Kentuckian, the men of Kentucky have never
failed to respond to the call of duty and of honor. In one strug-
gle, however, in which thousands of their fellow-countrymen were
engaged, the achievements of Kentuckians and their share in the
movement which led to the wresting of a fair domain from the
control of the Spaniard, have not been sufficiently emphasized,-
namely, the war of Texas independence which resulted in the
establishment of the republic of Texas in 1836.
In this paper an attempt will be made to record some of the
names and, so far as possible, the deeds of those Kentuckians who
shared in the glorious exploits associated with the names of San
Antonio de B6xar, Goliad, and San Jacinto. Necessarily the rec-
ord is an incomplete one; and for that reason the names of many
men have in all probability been omitted whose deeds and sacrifices
a more detailed knowledge of the period might richly entitle to
'The main sources which have been relied upon in the preparation of
this article are contemporary newspapers, and the Muster Rolls iin the
Land Office at Austin, which are not the original rolls, however. Owing
to the fact that natives of other States enlisted in companies commanded
by Kentuckians, while Kentucky volunteers joined companies raised in
different States, it will be seen that pit is impossible to make a roster of
the volunteers of any one State that will 'be entirely accurate and com-
plete. Inaccuracies and omissions can, in a measure, be eliminated as the
history of the movement in the successive States is examined. This in-
vestigation pit is the intention of the writer to make; but owing to the
widely scattered nature of the material, the process will necessarily be a
slow and tedious 'one. Corrections and additions will be thankfully re-
ceived.

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101058/. Accessed September 18, 2014.