The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 52
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and one major.' Shortly after the passage of this act, another
ordinance was adopted empowering the commander-in-chief to ac-
cept the services of five thousand auxiliary volunteers.2
Those who enlisted for the duration of the war received the
same pay, clothing, and wages as was allowed by the United States
in the war of 1812, besides bounties in money and valuable tracts
of rich land. The auxiliaries from the United States, it may be
noted, were also permitted to choose their own company officers.
By the decree of December 5 a bounty of six hundred and forty
acres was promised those who served throughout the war; those
enlisting for three months received a bounty of three hundred and
twenty acres; those enlisting for a shorter period received no
bounty, otherwise their status was similar to that of the perma-
nent volunteers.3 Later an ordinance of March 10 increased the
bounty of those serving twelve months or during the war to twelve
hundred and eighty acres; those serving nine months received nine
hundred and sixty acres; while six hundred and forty acres were
received for six months' service, and three hundred and twenty
acres for three months' military service.4 Those entering the
service of Texas after July 1 were to receive a quantity of land in
proportion to their services.5
At the suggestion of Fannin provision was made by the Council
for a battalion of cavalry to consist of three hundred and eighty-
four men, rank and file,, divided into six companies: arms and
uniforms were also prescribed. The members of this force were
to receive the same pay as cavalry in the service of the United
States and a bounty of six hundred and forty acres of land.6
Attention has already been called to the services of General
Chambers in recruiting volunteers for his "Army of Reserve";
'Ordinances and Decrees, 48.
8Cf. THIE QUARTERLY, IX, 233, note 3. President Burnet, in his first
message to the Texan Congress, October 4, 1836, recommended the pro-
priety of withholding all inducements to enlistments for short periods
of time. The message is printed in Niles' Register, LI, 189-191. The
correspondent of the Courier and Enquirer, November 21, 1836, wrote
from New Orleans that treasury bills of volunteers could be cashed in
that city only in small quantities and at an enormous discount.
'Ordinances and Decrees, 92.
'Proceedings of Convention, 74-75.
THE QUARTERLY, IX, 234.
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