The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 66
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to procure arms for the State of Texas and also to procure the
two pieces of ordnance used at the battle of San Jacinto, known
as the "Twin Sisters" . . .
Immediately on my return I repaired to the State Capital,
and after considerable inquiry found that the "Twin Sisters" had
been sold several years ago to a foundry in Baton Rouge as old
iron. Upon applying at the foundry I found one of the guns in
a very neglected condition; and ascertained that the other was in
the possession of a gentleman living in the Parish of Iberville.
Having learned these facts, I addressed a letter to the Legisla-
ture, recommending that the guns be purchased by the State of
Louisiana, put in good order, be well mounted, and presented to
the State of Texas.'1
The steps taken by the Louisiana Legislature in response to
Mr. Willamson's letter are told by H. W. Allen, a member of the
House of Representatives, in the following letter to Mr. Wil-
Action was immediately taken on your letter, a committee"
appointed to procure the guns, mount the same in a handsome
manner, with all the appurtenances for actual service. The
sum of seven hundred dollars is appropriated to carry out the
above, and the committee will have the pleasure of forwarding
the guns in good order in ten or fifteen days.'5
In an editorial correspondence for the State Gazette of April
20, 1861, the editor gives an account of his trip from New Or-
leans to Galveston; he says:
We brought with us over the Gulf the two cannon used so
effectually on the 21st of April, 1836, at San Jacinto. I hope to
see them properly taken charge of by the State authorities, and
preserved as proud testimonials of the gallantry of the men of
The Ninth Legislature adopted a joint resolution, expressing
appreciation of this mark of friendship on the part of Louisiana.
14The committee was composed of Messrs. Allen, Austin and Brusle.
(Southern Intelligencer (Austin), March 13, 1861, quoting the proceed-
ings of the Louisiana Legislature.)
1Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas, 207.
"State Gazette. April 20, 1861.
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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/m1/72/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.