The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 28, July 1924 - April, 1925 Page: 303
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The Ofice of Adjutant General in Texas, 1835-1881 303
and which were modelled after those of the United States,2 the
functions of the adjutant general are set forth as follows:
The Adjutant-General is the channel through which are issued
all orders emanating from the headquarters of the army, and all
regulations necessary to be communicated to the troops. He is
charged with the details of the service-with the record of all mili-
tary appointments, promotions, resignations, deaths, and other
casualties, as well as the inventories of the effects of deceased
officers and soldiers, with the registry, making out, and distribu-
tion of all commissions of the army and of the militia of the
Republic-with the safe keeping of the monthly returns of regi-
ments and posts, and muster-rolls of companies; the annual re-
turns of the militia; the proceedings of general courts martial;
and the records of the War Department, which relate to the per-
sonnel of the army-with the duties connected with the recruiting
service, and the enrollment of all enlisted soldiers, showing the
descriptions, date of enlistment, discharge, desertion, death, and
everything connected with their military history-with the exam-
ination of all applications for pensions, previously to their being
sent to the Pension Office; and finally, with the making out of
the annual returns of the army, and of the militia of the several
districts, and the publication of the annual register.8
The first general order issued by Stephen F. Austin at the be.
ginning of the Campaign of 1835 announced the appointment of
the members of his staff, including the appointment of Warren
D. C. Hall as adjutant and inspector general and David B. Macomb
as assistant adjutant and inspector general.4 On November 4,,
1835, James Bowie was appointed to act as adjutant general dur-
ing the absence of Hall, who had been sent to San Felipe on public
business, but Bowie resigned and on November 6, Francis W.
Johnson was appointed to act in his place." Johnson was ap-
pointed the regular adjutant and inspector general on Novem-
In the ordinance providing for the military branch of the gov-
2Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 78; Journal of the House of Representa-
tives, 1st Cong., 2nd Sess., 103.
'Government of the Army of the Republic of Texas, p. 111.
'General Order No. 1, Headquarters of the Texas Army, Gonsales,
October 11, 1835, Barker, E. C. (ed.), "General Austin's Order Book for
the Campaign of 1835," in QUARTERLY of the Texas State Historical
Association, XI, 1.
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