The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 42
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42 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
line with the hope that you may be able to relieve the anxiety
of a mother, whose last earthly hope has been devoted to the
same cause. You may have known that my son was among the
volunteers who left this place in October last. I have heard from
him occasionally by individuals who have returned, but have only
received one letter, and that was dated immediately after his
The late distressing intelligence from San Antonio has filled
me with inexpressible apprehensions, and I beg you, my dear sir,
to endeavor to aid. me, if possible, in ascertaining whether he was
at that place. I can never suffer more than I do at present, if
my worst fears are confirmed, and any information will be prefer-
able to. the suspense which now corrodes my life.
There certainly must be somewhere a record of the names of
those who fell, but situated as I am, so remote from any source
of information, except the newspapers, I know not how to apply
to obtain access to that record. If you will have the, goodness to
advise me how to proceed, or aid me in anyway, in obtaining in-
formation, you will confer a favor that will never be forgotten.
I feel a degree of enthusiasm in the cause in which you are
embarked, which even my worst apprehensions are not sufficient
t repress-and if I am a childless widow, it shall solace the
residue of my days to, reflect that I have lost my all in so glorious
Accept my fervent aspirations for your complete success, in
an enterprise worthy of a Lafayette.
Very respectfully, your friend,
C. M. Thayer.
The Port Gibson Correspondent noted that a dozen or so had
set out for Texas from that vicinity, while one writer makes
mention of a company of Mississippians leaving about this time
for the same destination.2* On the whole, however, there seems
to, have been no outburst of enthusiasm in Mississippi in behalf
of the Texan cause such as was witnessed in the case of Ken-
tucky for instance. It was not until the spring of 1836 that
there took place any pronounced exodus of Mississippi volunteers;
and, as will be seen, one of the principal commands arrived too
late to be of any service on the field of battle. As may be sur-
mised, ITatchez served as the chief rendezvous for emigrants from
22Issue of December 12, 1835; Rives, United States and Mexico, I, 364.
The True American of New Orleans alluded to a fine cavalry company
from the neighborhood of Natchez.
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