The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 38
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Texan and joined with the mass in the outcry against him, but
a year later I found sufficient apology for him.
As he could not prevent our march he concluded to take charge
of it, at least so far as to legalize the expedition, and. so keep
us from being pronounced filibusters and pirates in case of dis-
aster. Brigadier-general Somervell, who had not long before
been elected for the militia, was appointed our commander. We
had expected and favored Burleson, but as he was willing to
retire, and as Somervell had been a lieutenant-colonel under Bur-
leson at San Jacinto and was an old officer, the appointment gave
An organization had taken place with all who, like myself,
came unattached. I found some eight or ten men from Milam
County, some of whom had been in my command of minutemen.
Four or five other Milam County men had attached themselves
to a Washington County company. Captain Pearson, who had
been surveyor in Milam County before the revolution, but who
now lived in Montgomery County, wanted a captaincy. Including
the mess of Milam County men which I had made up and which
Captain Pearson had joined, I was able to get together twenty
men, and so we organized with this number and elected him
captain. We had no lieutenant and no regular sergeant. There
were several other squads of that kind called companies. Cap-
tain Eastland, an old frontiersman and captain in the service,
had about twenty men from the vicinity of La Grange. The
company I was in was called the Milam County company; it and
Captain Eastland's company kept close together. The two would
not have made a full company.
Colonel James R. Cook from Washington County was elected
colonel. Washington County had four distinct companies, or
about a hundred and twenty-five men in the field. As there were
about twenty-five companies, numbering in all nearly a thousand
men, we divided the forces on the evening of the first day from
San Antonio, while camped on the Medina, and elected Joseph L.
Bennett colonel of the second regiment. From what I remember
it seems to me that General Somervell had no regular staff but
that different officers at different times served in that capacity
during that short campaign.
According to military rules General Houston's instructions
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