The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 47
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas 47
Rusk to a seat in the cabinet--a post which he declined-the
command of the army was left practically in the hands of Hus-
ton. The condition of the army seems to, have improved, for
Early in December we find Huston writing as follows: "The
army is in good health and spirits and improving in discipline."34
HIe expected a hard contested campaign in anticipation of an
attack from General Bravo, who, it was reported, had taken the
field. All during the month of December Huston was apprelien-
sive of an attack by the Mexicans or Indians. In consequence
of Huston's report to the head of the government that the Mexi-
cans were engaged in active and formidable preparations for the
invasion of Texas, the immediate organization of the militia was
ordered by Wmin. G. Cooke, acting secretary of war. On Decem-
ber 15, 1836, Huston presided over a meeting of officers for the
purpose of adopting resolutions in honor of major-general Jas.
L. Holmes, of the Kentucky volunteers.35 On a similar occa-
sion, the headquarters of the army being Camp Independence,
Huston occupying the chair spoke in praise of the- services of
Colonel J. T. Collinsworth, inspector-general. This shows the
man not entirely void of magnanimity, since he could recognize
the merits of a brother officer. In January the condition of the
army was reported much improved. An indication of this may
be seen in the meeting held by the officers of the army, includ-
ing the Kentucky volunteeers to protest against the libels of Messrs.
Wilson and Postlethwaite, of that -State.36 The Weekly Courier
and Journal of January 27, 1837, printed a letter purporting to
be from an officer of high rank and standing in the Texan army,
highly laudatory of Huston. The army had been out of bread
for several weeks, but an excellent address from that officer had
quieted all murmuring from the soldiers.
I think the course General Huston is now pursuing eminently
calculated to insure the most entire and exact discipline in the
army, and at the same time to secure to him the support of all
who have the good of the country at heart, and are desirous that
Texas should as nobly and gloriously triumph in the coming con-
test as she did in the last. I know of no man better entitled
uNatchez Courier in the Woodville Republican, January 21, 1837.
"Telegraph and Texas Register, January 3, 1837.
8"Ibid., February 14, 1837.
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