The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 43
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Kentucky and the Independence of Texas
morning of June 2d "in the steam car" for the same destination.1
The most considerable number of them, however,--between three
and four hundred, started under the command of Colonel Edw.
J. Wilson and Captain G. Lewis Postlethwaite this same month.
Of these about two hundred left Lexington the first week in June,
reaching Louisville on Monday, June 6. At Shelbyville, on Sun-
day, each of the officers of the "Ladies Legion" was presented with
epaulettes by a young lady-Miss Buckner-of Louisville.2 On
Saturday, June 11, the Texas Volunteers to the number of some
three hundred under the command of Colonel Wilson left Louis-
ville in the steamer Fort Adams.3 One of the Lexington papers
prints a letter from Colonel Wilson in which he says, "the peo-
ple of Louisville, with a few, exceptions, have been as cold as
icicles, and but for the magnanimous Thomas Smith of New
Castle, our trip would have stopped here. Mr. Smith furnished
all the meat and tendered six months' provisions and takes the
Texas Government for it [that is, accepts drafts on the govern-
ment]."4 The volunteers proceeded on their way down the Ohio
some fifty miles when the boat sprung a leak. It was accord-
ingly run ashore and the emigrants landed. Messrs. Postlethwaite
and Woolley returned to Louisville, procured another boat,5 and
once more the volunteers embarked. Some whose hearts had grown
faint abandoned the enterprise."
Another body of Texas emigrants, under the command of Col-
onel Charles L. Harrison, of Louisville, left that city on the even-
ing of July 1 in the Heroine.7 On June 14 the Kentucky volun-
teers under Colonel Wilson reached New Orleans, from which
'Leaington Inteligencer, June 3, 1836.
2Ibid., June 10, 1836; Kentucky Gazette, June 6, 1836. In addition to
Fayette, the counties of Clarke and Montgomery were represented among
these emigrants. Frankfort Argus, June 8, 1836.
Kentucky Gazette, June 16, 1836. Another account says they left Sun-
day in the Adriatic.
'This Mr. Smith was a "colonel," and is furthermore styled "a gentle-
man of fortune."
The new boat was probably the Tuskina. See Senate Doos., 24 Cong.,
2 Sess., I, No. 1, p. 40.
"KAentucky Gazette, June 20, 1836.
'Lexington Intelligencer, June 1, 1836. According to the Richmond
Whig, July 22, 1836, ninety-four volunteers left this month commanded by
Captain Earl, of Louisville.
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