The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 53
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Mississippi and the Independence of Texas 53
is given of the terror which had seized upon men, women, and
children in view of the anticipated attack. The prompt advance
of his party, it is said, saved the place from being burned.
Leaving Nacogdoches on the 17th, the party crossed the Trin-
ity at Robin's Ferry, arriving upon the field of San Jacinto just
two days after that battle. Quitman was presented with a lance
and a stand of arms by Lieutenant-Colonel Millard, captured from
the enemy on the 21st. Some of the men remained in Texas,
the others returning home. Quitman returned by the Opelousas
trail, arriving at Natchez May 27th. He is said to have contrib-
uted several thousand dollars to refugees, the campaign costing
him in all the sum of $10,000.51
About seventy volunteers are said to have accompanied Quit-
man, though the names of very few have been preserved.52 On
June 6 he was tendered a reception by his old command the
"Natchez Fencibles," an organization which as one editor put it
reechoedd the alarms of the Bexar." The anniversaries of these
companies were celebrated with much flourish and speechmaking
by the citizens of Natchez: the "Fencibles" later chose April 21
as their celebration day. In spite of the fact that the two prin-
cipal commands which went out from Mississippi arrived after
the independence of Texas was practically achieved, yet there
were volunteers from that State who fell in defense of the Texan
cause. No lists of those composing the commands of Huston and
of Quitman seemingly have been preserved. Among those slain
at the Alamo was Christopher Parker, of Natchez; with Colonel
Grant was Dr. C. P. Heartt, who lost his life, and a son of Mrs.
Miary C. Marshall."5 In Fannin's command were J. Falkman,
Jos. Hicks, and two men by the name of Colston and Martin-
the last effecting his escape.54 B. F. Smith, after raising a vol-
unteer company, fought as a private at San Ja.cinto."5 Among
the veterans of the first class who emigrated in 1836 was a group
"The above account is based on the first volume of Claiborne's Quit-
man. Contemporary newspapers also contain references to his movements.
52Among these were Wm. Strickland, J,. G. Golightly, M. M. Railey,
J. S. Munce, A. G. Coffin, J. Steen, and M. B. Lewis.
53Muster Rolls, p. 6; Grand Gulf Advertiser, May 5, 1836.
"Memphis Enquirer, June 29, 1836.
"Thrall, Pictorial History of Texas, 619.
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