The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 24
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naval expedition: P. C. Jack, D. and S. Harris, Jno. Iiams, Jno.
Brock, Capt. Hunnings, E. Ray, J. Wilcox, Jr., and H. Callahan.
A. B. Dodson, whose bride, a few months afterward, made the
first Lone Star flag -of Texas, and presented it to a company of
which he was first lieutenant, went as far as Vince's, a few miles
below Harrisburg, where he was detained on important business.
Important facts relating to the same affair are contained in the
following letter from Travis to HI-enry Smith, who soon afterwards
became Provisional Governor of Texas:
SA FELIPE, July 6, 1835.
My Dear Sir-I hasten to write you a line by Mr. W. M. Smith,
who is on hand to start for Columbia.
I have only time to say that I returned last evening from a suc-
cessful expedition to Anahuac. On the 21st ultimo resolutions
were adopted here recommending that, in connection with the gen-
eral defence of the country against military sway, the troops of
Anahuac should be disarmed and ordered to leave 'Texas. In addi-
tion to that, I had been invited to go to Anahuac for the above
purpose by several of my friends, who are the principal citizens of
that place, and who were suffering under the despotic rule of the
Under these circumstances, I set out for Galveston Bay, raised a
volunteer company of twenty men on Buffalo Bayou and San
Jacinto, and being elected captain of the company, I proceeded to
Anahuac in the sloop "Ohio," with a six-pounder mounted on
board. We landed on the 29th, took possession of the place, and
commenced active offensive operations. On the morning of the
30th the troops, about forty in number, capitulated, delivered us
sixty-four stands of arms (muskets and bayonets), and agreed to
leave Texas immediately under parole, never to serve against the
people of Texas. I sent them bag and baggage on board the sloop,
'and they are now on the march without arms to La Bahia.
This act has been done with the most patriotic motives, and I
hope you and my fellow citizens generally will approve it or ex-
cuse it. * * *
As ever, your friend,
This decisive action in disarming Mexican soldiers made plain
the determination of Texans to no longer submit quietly to
tyranny, and the part borne by Travis in the affair presaged the
unrivalled heroism of his character. He was a warm friend of An-
drew Briscoe, and when informed that "his friends were suffering
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