The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 37
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Memoirs of Major George Bernard Erath
matters. The latter had settled down to peace from Indian
fighting, and wanted to continue their farming and other occu-
pations. But as the president showed no sign of supporting a
campaign he was denounced by all. Organization proceeded;
chance was depended on for supplies.
There were few volunteers from Milam County, but about the
first of October I set out in company with a young man by the
name of Wiley Jones to join the expedition at San Antonio.
After a drouth which had lasted all summer and caused crop
failure, the weather changed to an extreme of rain. We were
delayed at Austin by the rains, but swam our horses across the
Colorado by the side of a little canoe, the ferryboat having been
washed away. We reached San Antonio about the first of Novem-
ber. There was then not a house on our road between Austin
and San Antonio.
Six or seven hundred men were gathered at San Antonio, and
in two weeks the number increased to twelve hundred, but about
two hundred left again. Many prominent military characters
were there, among the rest General Burleson. While it is a fact
that the movement was entirely Texan-few from Louisiana and
Arkansas being able to reach us in time; still it was apparent
that a great portion of the men had never been in service before.
The older officers, especially those from central and eastern Texas,
were few. I believe there was a keg or two of powder divided
out among us and some lead. Breadstuffs were out of the ques-
tion, and so was everything else in the way of provisions except
beef. San Antonio and the scant settlements around had been
plundered by the Mexicans as well as drained by former Texas
troops that rallied there. We collected with difficulty about two
hundred beeves whose owners, I suppose, received pay for them
some ten years later when we had money.
One may suppose that General Houston looked on all this with
amazement. As for his foreign policy it was a diplomatic secret;
some of his intimate confidential friends may have known it.
It was one of his characteristics to be reticent about his plans,
and in this instance there was the seal of secrecy proper in inter-
national affairs to make him withhold information from the
public. At the time I knew no more about it than any other
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924, periodical, 1924; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/m1/43/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.