The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 41
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas 41
meeting was held and the sum of $392 raised for the purpose of
supporting a mission to Texas undertaken by the Rev. Robert
Alexander, of the Methodist Church.1-
Mississippi Volunteers in Texas
Houston's call to arms appeared in the Mississippi newspapers
soon after the outbreak of hostilities, and it was not long before
volunteers were leaving for Texas. At the little town of Clinton
the citizens were enlisting for service in October.20 The Clin-
ton Gazette in its issue of October 31, 1835, printed a ringing
editorial on Texas. The editor expressed the conviction that the
men of that country would "never basely cower to the dictatorial
mandates of a lawless tyrant." A company was quickly or-
ganized at Clinton to start for Texas. Among those who en-
listed were Wim. B. Dameron, Geo. B. Thayer, David Shelby,
Hutchins M. Pittman, J. D. Jennings, Jno. W. Allen, John Til-
den, Jno. M. White, Thos. B. Cox, W. C. W. Baker, and a man
by the name of Roberts. At Raymond, a little town about six
miles from Jackson, the company was hospitably entertained and
presented with a stand of arms; here additional recruits joined
the original contingent. "Hinds county will suffer no other sec-
tion to outdo her in this noble zeal," was the comment of the
Gazette. Raymond is noteworthy as being the spot where Robert
J. Walker made his debut in Mississippi politics in September of
this year. The military spirit of the citizens of Clinton was fur-
ther evinced by the organization of the "Clinton Guards" in De-
cember under the command of Captain Geo. W. House.21 A
certain pathetic interest attaches to the little company that went
out from Clinton. In April of the following year the mother of
one of the volunteers was seeking information of the whereabouts
of her son. The following letter written to General Quitman
has been preserved in the Claiborne Correspondence:
Clinton, Miss., April 5, 1836.
Hon. J. A. Quitman.
Dear Sir: Having learned that you have embarked in the
cause of suffering Texas, I take the liberty of addressing you a
1"Mississippi Free Trader, June 24, July 1, 1837.
2oClinton Gazette, October 24, 1835.
TIbid., December 26, 1835.
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