The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 127
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The Navy of the Republic of Texas.
mander Lothrop died in 1844 at Houston. Just before his death
he took command of the steamship Neptune, running between New
Orleans and Texas. But one name remains, and the tale is closed.
Edwin Ward Moore finally procured from the Texas Legislature
the passage of three acts providing that he should be paid for his
services and reimbursed for his expenditures on the navy. It ap-
pears that by joint resolution approved by the governor January
24, 1848,1 $11,398.36 was allowed him. February 23, he
was allowed a claim of three thousand five hundred dollars for
commanding the navy.2 Finally on February 2, 1856, was passed an
act for his relief,8 by which the treasurer was authorized to pay him
$5,290.00, "Provided the said Moore shall first file with the treas-
urer a full and final release against the Republic and State of Texas
for all demands." It has been asserted that he never received these
moneys granted him by Texas. He at any rate received the com-
pliment of having a county named for him in the state. Very little
is known of him after 1837, but he made New York his home. He
came to Galveston in 1860 and erected the old post-office building
in that city. He took no part in the Civil War, and died in Vir-
ginia in 1865.
There is no question that Commodore Moore should be classed
as one of the heroes of Texas; and this narrative may fitly be closed
with the tribute paid him by the foremost officer of the Confederate
With an energy and ability possessed by but few men, he took
hold of the discordant materials which Texas was collecting for the
formation of a navy (a work, generally, of time and much patient
toil), reduced them to system and order, and presented to the
world the spectacle of a well-organized marine, bearing the flag of
a Republic, not four years old!
:Gammel, Laws of Temas, III, 334-335.
3Ibid., IV, 371.
'Semmes, Service Afloat and Ashore During the Memican War, 49.
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