The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 82
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marshals from the ranks. Teal 'soon after his escape rose to the
command of the regiment to which his company belonged, .and at
the time 'of his death was, I think, in temporary -command -of the
army ,of Texas. 'He -was a half instructed ,martinet, with none of the
tact and discrimination slo essential for the command of soldiers
among whom mutiny is chronic, ,owing to, lack 'of pay and of a
strong power above them. The result was that he became an object
of 'hatred 'to his men, and was shot dead one night in his tent by
hands Which were never identified.1 'The assassin took advantagee
of a violent s storm, and so 'timed the discharge as to make it simulta-
neous with a clap of thunder. He fired from 'without, where, so
long as he knew ,on which side o'f the tent his victim lay, he could
place the muzzle almost in contact with its mark. In the same tent
that night lay the Bayard -of the ,early days o'f Texas, William G.
Cooke, who slept unconscious .o the murder till it was discovered in
the morinilg.2 A few years later, while relating the adventures of
Matamoros to 'one 'who ha.d been an 'officer -of that short-lived army,
I told of 'Teal's anxiety to secure his uniform for his flight. "That
uniform," said the listener, "was the death 'of him. He was always
flaunting it in the eyes of his ragged soldiery, land this brought their
animosity up to the killing point."
Major Miller was known to rme at a later ,day as a resident 'of Vic-
toria, where he long since -died. 'Mr. Love after annexation removed
to Texas and settled .at Corpus Christi, where I 'am told he died a
few years ,ago. Mr. Howell, about a year after the above events in
Matamorao's, lost hits life in 'an attempt to pass from that place to
Texas by land under the guidance of the whip-handle courier. How-
ell bore on his person a large sum in doubloons;, which may have
become known t'o his guide. The story 'told by that man was that
they were attacked on the way by banditti, and that Howell was
killed, while he escaped; but there was a strong suspicion that the
1A note inserted at this point, apparently by Mr.,MeArdle, is as follows:
"By John IH. -Schultz, who so confessed before his execution in Galveston
in 1855 for the double murder 'of Bateman 'and Jett.-Colonel Fulton in
John Henry 'Brown." What 'Brown has to say of the matter will be found
,in his History of Texs, .II, 135-37.---EDITOR QUARTERLY.
,This ,does not ,exactly harmonize with the la.ccount given by Colonel Ful-
'ton, who wais officer of 'the guard in the Texan Damp 'that night. See
note 1 above.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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