The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 221
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Notes and Fragments.
Comrade Hilton was appointed a committee of one to try and
get a stone presented by Texas to the monument, and after con-
siderable correspondence with many parties finally succeeded, aided
by Comrade J. W. Kennedy, of Cleburne, Texas, who had a resolu-
tion passed by the Texas Association of Veterans of the Mexican
War, who agreed to send a stone and pay for it out of the funds
of the association, passed at Dallas, Texas, May 24. Credit is due
Mrs. Murdock, secretary, and to the patriotic efforts of the ladies
All honor to all who aided in the patriotic work. The stone left
Texas November 3 and arrived at Monterey December 1, and was
taken care of by Captain Lambert, custodian of the executive com-
mittee of the Sloat Monument, representing Comrade Hilton until
he could deliver it to the Sloat Monument Association. On De-
cember 9 the stone was laid with the solemn rites of the Masonic
order, and as Comrade Hilton stated in his presentation speech,
"May He who doeth all things well preserve this, the first national
monument on this coast for all time for the patriotic purposes for
which it was designed."
There was a strange connecting link with the past in the pres-
ence of two brass guns at Fort Mervine, immediately adjacent to
the monument. These two guns belonged to the lamented Major
Ringgold's Battery of Light Artillery at Palo Alto; also were at
Resaca de la Palma, commanded by Lieutenant Ridgely in battles
fought on Texas soil May 8 and 9, 1846. They were also at
Monterey, Mexico, September 21-23, 1846, and at Buena Vista,
in Captain Braxton Braggs' Battery February 22-23, 1847, and
saved the day to the American army when General Taylor gave the
command, "A little more grape, Captain Bragg !"
After the laying of the stones the Ladies of the Grand Army
decorated the two guns with wreaths, and Comrade Hilton was
called upon to make an address. He gave a concise history of the
guhs, as related above. At Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and
Fort Brown he was in Captain Sam Walker's Company of Texas
Rangers, attached to gallant May's Dragoons, to aid in protecting
the battery of guns, and saw the lamented Ringgold get his death
wound; and at Resaca de la Palma heard Lieutenant Ridgely tell
Captain May, "Wait, Charley, till I draw their fire," and then
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