The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 63
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The "'Twin Sisters" Cannon, 1836-1865
ton, the quartermaster-general, on board the schooner Pennsyl-
vania.3 to Galveston Island, and thence to Harrisburg. At this
place horses were pressed to haul them, and they were started on
the 9th of April, under care of Captain Smith, to the army."4'
They reached the army at Groce's on the 11th.5 They were the
only cannon in possession of Houston's army, and their receipt
produced quite a sensation. One of the soldiers described them
as "two beautiful, new, iron field pieces."'
President Burnet sent an official letter of thanks to Daniel
Drake, M. D., William Corry, Pulaski Smith, Nathan Leamans,
and W. Chase, dated Velasco, July 22, 1836:
GENTLEMEN: The two beautiful pieces of "Hollow-ware,"
lately presented to us, through your agency, by the citizens of
Cincinnati, as a free-will offering to the cause of human liberty,
were received very opportunely, and have become conspicuous in
our struggle for independence. Their first effective operations
were in the memorable field of San Jacinto, where they contrib-
uted greatly to the achievement of a victory not often paralleled
in the annals of war. .
To you gentlemen, and to the citizens of Cincinnati, who have
manifested so generous a sympathy in our cause, I beg leave to
tender the warmest thanks of a people who are contending for
their liberties and their lives, against a numerous nation of semi-
savages, whose cruelty is equalled only by their want of spirit
and of military prowess.
Should our enemy have the temerity to renew his attempt to
subjugate our delightful country, the voices of the twin sisters
of Cincinnati7 will yet send their reverberations beyond the Rio
3Mr. Ben C. Stuart makes the statement upon information obtained
from Luke A. Falvel, captain of the schooner Flash, that it was his
vessel that carried the cannon from Velasco to Morgan's Point, and that
the sloop Ohio conveyed them from Morgan's Point to Harrisburg. (Gal-
veston News, November 14, 1909.)
'Yoakum, History of Texas, II, 123.
'THE QUARTERLY, IV, 249.
e.Kuykendall, Ibid., 302. In a letter, written by Henry Vallette, Cin-
cinnati, May 31, ]836, to David G. Burnet, he says, "We sent you two
iron 4 Pounders last March," but Houston and Rusk, in their reports of
the battle of San Jacinto, each calls them six-pounders.
7This is the earliest use of the term "'Twin Sisters of Cincinnati" that
has come to my notice. In his speech in the United States Senate, Feb-
ruary 28, 1859, Sam Houston told of the receipt, while encamped on the
Brazos, of "two small six-pounders, presented by the magnanimity of the
people of Cincinnati, and subsequently called the "Twin Sisters." (THE
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