Five Texas Frontier Companies
of August. The companies were to be received according to the
instructions Colonel Harney had given in July, and Lieutenant
Colonel Fauntleroy had been directed by letter to carry out.82
Before the governor learned of his success, a success of inten-
tion but not of effect, however, Colonel Fauntleroy had joined
General Taylor's army south of the Rio Grande and was conse-
quently incapable of doing as directed. After General Wool de-
parted with his command for Chihuahua on September 25, the
command of the San Antonio garrison fell to Colonel Sylvester
Churchill, General 'Taylor's inspector general. Churchill wrote on
October 3 to Charles Mason, private secretary of the executive
department who was handling correspondence in the absence
of Governor Horton, to inform him that before leaving for Mex-
ico, General Wool had designated the companies of Captains
Grumbles, Ross, and H. E. McCulloch (the last in no way related
to this study) to be mustered into service. Captain Grumbles' had
already been received, he added, and the others must be ready,
"if at all," by the middle of the month."3 Although not named,
Captain Conner's must have been included among the "others,"
for it was mustered too. Both Captain Grumbles' company and
Captain Conner's were mustered out of service on September 23,
and Captain Ross's followed on October 17.4 Although it sounds
strange that the companies should have been mustered out of
service while the governor was still trying to get them mustered in,
there is precedent for believing that they were mustered in, effec-
tive the day of their enrollment, and immediately mustered out.
All three companies continued in service, but under the act of May
13, 1846, which necessitated their volunteering anew for twelve
By about the time Governor Horton returned from his home in
October, three-fifths of his task had been accomplished, but his
ardor seems not to have diminished. On the day after his arrival
he wrote to Colonel Churchill, calling his attention to the adjutant
general's letter of September 5 and its reference to the letter
directing Colonel Fauntleroy to carry out the instructions given
82Roger Jones, Adjutant General, to Horton, September 5, 1846 (MS., Executive
Record Book, Archives, Texas State Library), III/28, p. 68.
3sChurchill to Mason, October 3, 1846, ibid., 66.
34Compiled Service Records, Rolls 17, 16, 18.
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