The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 89
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James W. Fannin, Jr., in the Texas Revolution
ment; so no more troops were needed for its reduction. The
agents, nevertheless, did valuable work in forwarding food and
stores to the volunteers there.
At no time does Fannin appear to better advantage than while
in discharge of his duties as recruiting officer. On December 25,
1835, in reply to a letter from the commissioned and non-commis-
sioned officers of the Georgia Battalion, tendering "its unfeigned
and heartfelt gratitude for the kindness and cordiality" with which
Fannin had welcomed them and their companions in arms to the
shores of Texas, Fannin declared that the welcome was not only
one of duty, but of proud satisfaction. Continuing, he advised the
Georgians to prepare themselves for the struggle by suitable disci-
pline. "It gives confidence," he said, "and will insure sucess."
He urged the volunteers not to engage in the political affairs of
Texas, but "with a strong arm, in the common cause" to prove
their valor and conduct in the field."4
Thus did Fannin serve Texas in the campaign of 1835 as agi-
tator, soldier, government advisor, and recruiting officer.
The results of this campaign were indeed gratifying to the
Texans. Their purpose had been to expel the Mexican soldiers
from the State, and this they had done in a little over three months.
However, the Texans felt in no way secure, for soon confused
rumors of a second Mexican invasion were heard on all sides. The
Telegraph and Texas Register of December 26, 1835, declared that
1500 Mexicans, who were on their way to aid General Cos when
he surrendered at Bexar, were now just beyond the Rio Grande;
and again on January 2, 1836, it printed the news that Santa
Anna with 10,000 men was coming to Texas, and that it was his
purpose to "leave nothing of us but the recollection that we once
existed." These rumors were nothing but exaggerated reports of
what was actually taking place, for Mexiqan soldiers, this time
commanded by Santa Anna in person, were once more preparing
to enter Texas.
To repel this formidable army, the Texans had small forces of
volunteers, mainly from the United States, stationed at San An-
J. W. Fannin to Messrs. Wm. Ward and others, December 25, 1835.
Foote, Temas and the Texans, II, 189-192.
These soldiers whom Fannin welcomed were about two hundred in num-
ber, and later became the "Georgia Battalion of Permanent Volunteers."
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