The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New-York Historical Society, June 25, 1861. By Major J. T. Sprague, U. S. A.

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REBELLION RECORlD, 1860-61.

NEW-ORLEANS, February 23, 161. the State of Texas, as Commissioner to the State
Hon John C. Robertson, Galveston, Texas: of Louisiana, charged with the duty of procur
MY DEAR SIR: I arrived here safe yesterday ing arms of that State for the defence of Texas,
morning, met that prince of gentlemen, Col. Wil
in case of invasion, I have the honor to report:
liamson, and I have conferred with him fully on That on the twentieth day of February, 1861,
the object of my mission. He had just returned I left the city of Galveston, and on the twentyfrom
a visit to the Governor at Baton Rouge, second, reached the city of New-Orleans, an
whither he went as our friend, on the subject of entered immediately upon the discharge of sai
arms. duty.
He gave me the kindest assurances of the It affords me great pleasure to state to you,
friendly feelings of the Governor, and the people and through you to the Convention, that owing
of Louisiana to our cause, and introduced me to to the kindly aid of the late Commissioner from
Gen. Bragg, who assures me of the loan of five the State of Louisiana to the State of Texas, Col.
thousand stand of arms, and gives me letters to George Williamson, and also to that of Majorthe
Governor, stating the ability of Louisiana to Gen. Bragg, and the warm feeling of friendship
spare so many-two thousand percussion and entertained by the Governor of the State towards
three thousand flint and steel. I have seen the Texas, I had but little difficulty in the discharge
arms, they are good and in prime order, and I of my mission.
shall receive them, believing it to be for the inter
On the twenty-third of February, I had the
est of Texas. honor to address to his Excellency the Governor
Col. Williamson says he has procured the Legis
of the State of Louisiana, the communication
lature of this State to dress up and remount the hereto appended, (marked No. 1,) and received
" Twin Sisters," and has their assurance that from him promptly, an order for five thousand
they will then be presented to Texas by Louis
stand of arms, four thousand two hundred and
iana. fifty flint and steel, and seven hundred and fifty
Gen. Bragg says he has assurances from United percussion muskets.
States officers in Texas, that if they are properly Whilst this order was being filled, the news
treated they will come into the service of Texas, of the capture of arms and munitions of war at
and strongly recommends mildness and courtesy San Antonio, and the subsequent agreement betowards
them; that such a course will bring them tween our Commissioner at that point, and Breto
us, and make them a breastwork for our de
vet Major-Gen. Twiggs, for the withdrawal of
fence. the Federal troops from Texas, and the surrender
Allow to recommend respectfully the views of of the arms at the various posts in Texas, was
Gen. Bragg on this subject as being those of received by Gov. Moore, who immediately adwisdom
and prudence, and to beg that they may dressed me the appended note, (marked No. 2,)
be adopted. limiting the original order to one thousand stand
I shall leave this evening for Baton Rouge, of muskets, with assurance that should necessity
and will get back to Austin as soon as I can. require it, this loan should be increased.
Once more-mildness and peace is the true I would further report that on the twentypolicy
for Texas. Give the officers and soldiers sixth of February, I received by order of the
a chance, and all will be well. For God's sake Governor the said arms. In obedience to your
and the interest of Texas, avoid harshness and instructions, I immediately had shipped five
blood-the latter is ruin, the former, prosperity hundred stand to Messrs. J. M.

Sprague, John Titcomb. The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New-York Historical Society, June 25, 1861. By Major J. T. Sprague, U. S. A.. New York. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6102/. Accessed October 24, 2014.