Notes and Documents
pressed upon our troops which is: that enemy may yield at first
so as to draw our army into an ambuscade as they did at the battle
of Madena when the Americans owing to their impetuosity and
want of order were all destroyed.
It would be proper to establish such Tactics, as will defend against
Cavalry and not be induced to come within the influence of marked
artillery! It is very desirable that issues of provisions in the army
should be economized and particularly so at present. I have used
the greatest exertions possible to have the army well supplied. It
should always have from eight to ten days rations in advance and
have as few incumbrances as possible to its march! Do the best you
Since writing thus far to my boundless mortification and regret,
I learn that an unfortunate meeting took place between Genl.
Huston and yourself.
It is done and must be so. At this time when the Enemy are
expected it is strange to me that such things should happen. The
field of battle may require the prowess of all the best men in our
I truly hope you may speedily recover, and to the end of my
desire, I send the Surgeon Generallo and Doctor Jones" with such
medicines as may be needed and which you could not perhaps
obtain in Camp.
Should the enemy advance they will not be rapid in their move-
ments unless it is their Cavalry and agreeably to information their
horses are poorly I should like to hear from Col. Seguin. If the
enemy intends to advance he must have some information of the
fact for they will send a Detachment of troops to Bexar. By keeping
up communication with Seguin perhaps it will be as useful as any
other matter touching intelligence, but I wish every means employed
Let harmony in Camp be inculcated and by all means prevent
Duelling in the future!
With high regard, I have the honor to be
Your Obt. Svt.
To SAM HOUSTON
Genl. A. SIDNEY JOHNSON
COMM. OF TEXIAN ARMY
loAshbel Smith, then surgeon general, was a graduate of the medical school at
11Anson Jones, later president of the Republic of Texas, was at the time
apothecary general of the army. A graduate of Jefferson Medical College, he had a
thriving medical practice at Brazoria prior to the revolution.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed January 31, 2015.