The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

MISSISSIPPI AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF TEXAS
JAMIES E. WINSTON
While it is no doubt true that the people of the South, and
especially those of the lower South, shared the indifference of the
rest of the United States in general in regard to Texas before the
middle of 1835, there is abundant testimony of a speedy revulsion
of feeling on the part of the South in consequence of the exciting
events which took place in Texas in the fall of 1835 and the
spring of 1836. Interest in the affairs of Texas was by no means
confined to those states which, by reason of their location and ties
of blood, naturally felt keenly for their fellow countrymen who
were struggling for independence against the domination of the
Mexican government. A glance at the Texas revolutionary mus-
ter rolls reveals the geographically composite character of the
volunteers who for one reason or another flocked to Texas. For
instance, the New Orleans Greys, Captain Wm. G. Cooke, con-
tained among forty-three members representatives of twelve dif-
ferent states and five foreign countries; in Captain Thos. H.
Breece's company there were nine states represented, and in ad-
dition, Germans, Englishmen, and Irishmen fought side by side
at the siege of Bexar.1
Had it not been for the sympathy and material aid extended
the Texan cause by Mississippi and her sister states, the story of
the struggle for independence might well have had a different
ending. Representative men and alert editors were not slow in
detect in the Southern states a widespread interest in the events
that were happening on the southwestern border. From the out-
break of the struggle against Mexico until Texas was finally in-
corporated within the American union, the rulers of Texas looked
to the people of the South for sympathy and support. Writing
from Nacogdoches in November, 1835, C. A. Parker observed:
"The State of Mississippi must aid us particularly in this crisis.''2
At about the same time there appeared in the Mississippi papers

'Muster Rolls. General Land Office of Texas.
4Clinton Gazette, December 12, 1835.

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