Five Texas Frontier Companies
that if the sixth company were approved, he would be commis-
sioned to raise it.28
The governor's real problem, of course, was trying to reassure
his company commanders while he protested to Colonel Fauntle-
roy the decision not to accept the companies into service. On
August i he wrote Captain Ross to urge him to hold his com-
pany in readiness until further information on the status of the
company could be received.24 Six days later, taking a suggestion
from Colonel Fauntleroy, the governor decided to keep the
companies active until he could hear from the secretary of war
concerning their status. While he expressed confidence that the
secretary of war would accept the services of the companies, he
wrote the commanders that should such not be the case, he would
requisition from the state an amount sufficient to pay all their
After the governor had written long presentations of his
problem to each member of the Texas delegation in congress,
to the secretary of war, and to the president, he received his
reply from Colonel Fauntleroy, who had received additional
orders from General Taylor. Expressly referring to the five com-
panies, the general peremptorily required that they be dis-
charged if they had been mustered or not accepted if they had
not yet been mustered." As if to remove all doubt of his posi-
tion in the matter, General Taylor had his assistant adjutant
general write General Wool concerning the authority he would
exercise in Texas. He was made responsible for defense of the
Indian frontier but was told, "It is not supposed that it will be
necessary to retain any of the companies called out by Colonel
Not waiting for the replies to reach him from Washington,
the governor renewed his plea when General Wool arrived in
28Horton to Bryan, August 3, 1846, ibid., 27-28.
24Horton to Ross, August 1, 1846 (MS., Governor's Letters [Henderson], 1846
August-December, Archives, Texas State Library).
25Horton to Grumbles, Conner, Ross, Smith, and Stapp, August 7, 1846 (MS.,
Executive Record Book, Archives, Texas State Library), III/28, p. 29.
20Fauntleroy to Horton, August 1o, 1846, ibid., 62-63.
27W. W. S. Bliss to Wool, August 14, 1846, House Executive Documents, 29th
Cong., 2nd Sess. (Serial No. 5oo), Document No. 119, p. 128.
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