The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 48
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to the confidence and support of every volunteered and every citi-
zen of Texas, than General Felix Huston.
Early in March Huston decided to return to the United States
for a short visit. The headquarters of the army were now Camp
Preston. A committee of five officers drafted resolutions of a
highly flattering nature to him on the occasion of his departure.
In these Huston was eulogized as the true friend of liberty and
Texas, and as one who was leaving the army with the universal
and solid regret of both officers and men. By his skill, tact, and
ability he had gradually and almost insensibly introduced and
effectually restored order and discipline. To the resolutions Hus-
ton replied form Texana. He alluded to the deplorable state of
the army at the beginning, and to his reorganization of the same,
thereby securing peace and harmony; with pride he dwelt upon
the fact that the officers had commended his not interfering in
the politics and party rivalries of the country, and his not en-
gaging in speculative enterprises. "He lamented the demon of
speculation stalking over the land with giant strides," and threat-
ening to stamp upon the country a landed aristocracy. He was
determined that his reputation should not suffer from the charge
of marauding and plunder.37 Before leaving for Mississippi,
Huston severely wounded Albert Sidney Johnston in a duel
fought February 5.38 The latter had been appointed senior brig-
adier-general of the army by President Houston. In May the
secretary of war was ordered to furlough all the companies save
about 600 men. The army thus ceased to be a menace to the
civil government. General Huston repaired to Natchez where he
remained, failing to return to Texas at the first of December as
he had intended.39 In 1838 Huston was in Texas again, and in
a letter to General Quitman he throws some interesting light upon
the state of affairs at that time, and incidentally enables us to get
a more complete view of his own motives.
The body of troops with which he was now associated num-
bered over 400, and was commanded by Rusk. Huston states
3TIbid., March 21, 1837; Weekly Courier and Journal, April 13, 14,
'See The Military Historian and Economist, October, 1916.
"8Woodville Republican, November 25, 1837.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918, periodical, 1918; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101073/m1/54/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.