The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 15
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The Indian Policy of the Republic of Texas 15
covered that the band had dispersed. After the rebels collected,
they evidently came to the conclusion that a successful revolution
was impossible and they gave up their plans."4 In October a band
of Mexicans and Indians were committing depredations on the
frontier. General Rusk, at the head of two hundred men, marched
to the Kickapoo village, where the marauders were encamped, and
on October 16 attacked and completely routed them.44
When the Regular Session of the Third Congress met Novem-
ber 5, 1838, it took active measures for the immediate relief of
the frontier situation. On November 6, a bill providing for the
appropriation of twenty thousand dollars to fit out two hundred
and fifty militia men, was signed by the president. These men
under the command of General Rusk were "to quell the insur-
rection now existing among the Indians and Mexicans." On
November 16, Houston signed three bills, which related to the
frontier situation. The first, authorized the president "to draw
upon the Treasury for the necessary funds to defray the expenses
of transporting arms, ammunition, troops," etc., etc., to the fron-
tiers of Texas for their protection. The second required the presi-
dent to issue "one hundred thousand dollars of Promissory Notes
of the Government," for purposes of frontier protection. The
third pledged the faith of Congress, that all citizens who volun-
teered in defense of "our exposed and suffering frontiers," would
be remunerated, and recommended that the citizens elect their
own officers, promising that Congress would ratify and legalize
all such elections.46
In order to carry out these plans General Rusk left Nacog-
doches on November 16, "for the purpose of visiting the counties
of Red River, and Fannin," to raise a force for the purpose of
attacking the villages of the Indians on the Three Forks of the
Trinity.47 Rusk proceeded to the Louisiana border, where he
found a company under Captain Tarrant about to attack the
Caddo Indians from the United States. It was believed that
48Yoakum, History of Texas, II, 245-246.
"Ibid., II, 247-24.8.
"Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 3.
4"Ibid., II, 4-5.
47Manuscript: Thomas J. Rusk, to Secretary of War, December 1, 1838.
Indian Affairs, Texas State Library.
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