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

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Mr. Stuart, informing him of the facts concerning the "Twin
Sisters" in his possession. The letter from which extracts are
here quoted is dated October 20, 1909:
In the latter part of the month of July, 1865, the One Hun-
dred and Fourteenth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, of
which I was then a member, was quartered in the Kennedy Build-
ing, in the City of Houston, Texas. . . . On some vacant
ground, immediately north and back of the Kennedy Building,
on July 30, 1865,19 I saw a number of old cannon. .
Among these guns were two short and very common-looking iron
24-pounders, entirely dismounted, and with the following inscrip-
tion, in small capitals, engraved deeply on each:
Presented
to
The Republic of Texas
by
Maj. Gen. T. J. Chambers
On brass plates, attached to the wooden carriages of each of
two other guns, iron six-pounders, much more symmetrical in
shape and appearance, was the following, the first line in old
English :20
"Twin Sisters"
This gun was used with terrible effect
at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Presented to the State of Texas
by the State of Louisiana,
March 4, 1861.
Henry W. Allen,
Charles C. Brusle,
William G. Austin,
Committee of Presentation.
"In a subsequent letter to Mr. Day, Mr. Sweetman said, "The inscrip-
tions were copied in a small book which I still have in my possession,
and the date mentioned is July 30, 1865." (Houston Post, June 6, 1910.)
20"Galeston News, November 14, 1909. In his letter to Mr. Day, Mr.
Sweetman said, "The inscription on the 'Twin Sisters' as published in
the News contains all the words, though the lines are not divided exactly
as they appeared on the plate, and as I copied them in my book." (Hous-
ton Post, June 6, 1910.)

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