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Brazos,1* where both Captain Smith's and Captain Stapp's com-
panies were to be assembled.
On the day after Colonel Fauntleroy wrote his first letter to
Governor Horton, he received a communication from General
Taylor which forced him to countermand the order to Captain
Merrill and to write again to the governor. General Taylor
felt that the four thousand troops then en route through San
Antonio to Chihuahua under General J. E. Wool would tend to
remove the need to call frontier troops, since they would pass
through almost the entire length of Texas from east to west.
Colonel Fauntleroy added that a second order received from the
general required that all men thereafter mustered into service
be required to serve for twelve months. Under the circum-
stances, his decision that he did not need the troops and would
not receive them20 is understandable. Ironically, before the gov-
ernor received this letter, he had replied to the one preceding
it, sending the copy of Colonel Harney's requisition and sug-
gesting the desirability of still another company, to be stationed
between Captain Smith's on the Brazos and Captain Stapp's on
Meanwhile at the request of Colonel Harney, the governor
had assigned the companies to their stations and directed adjacent
companies to maintain weekly contact and to establish courier
service, which with more generosity than foresight he offered to
Governor Horton's distress at the turn of events was heightened
by another discord. John N. Bryan of Dallas County expressed
his dissatisfaction with the choice of Andrew Stapp as the one
to raise the company in the North Texas area. The governor's
only defense was that, obviously for want of a better source of
information, he had asked the bearer of the petitions from
Dallas and Collin counties to give him the name of a suitable
person, and that of Andrew Stapp was given. The governor did
have tentative consolation to offer, however, in assuring Bryan
s1Fauntleroy to Horton, July 28, 1846, ibid., 53.
20Fauntleroy to Horton, July 29g, 1846, ibid., 55-55/.
21Horton to Fauntleroy, July Sl, 1846, ibid., 25.
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 May 25, 2016.