The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 83
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A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo
his soldiers were a tyrannical expression of Mexican injustice,
Travis raised a company of twenty-five volunteers and captured
and disarmed Tenorio and his men on June 29. In the meantime,
however, the people had begun to feel that affairs were moving too
rapidly on the road to revolution. They resented Travis's appar-
ent effort to precipitate war, and upon his return to San Felipe,
he found himself severely criticised for his attack on Tenorio.
There was nothing that he could do but tell the truth, and say
that all that he had done had been performed with the most
patriotic motives, and to ask the people to suspend judgment until
he could make a public explanation. But a large meeting at
Columbia on June 28, followed by meetings in other communities,
disavowed his act and declared their loyalty to Mexico and their
desire for peace.12 The progress of events, however, soon drove
them from their position. In September, General Cos issued a
requisition for the arrest of Travis, Williamson and seven other
"obnoxious Texans" who had been leaders in the recent agitations.
He ordered Ugartechea at San Antonio to enforce the decision,
and declared that he would not receive a peace commission until
the men were delivered. At the same time he himself pressed on to
San Antonio with large reinforcements.
Nothing daunted by this order for his arrest, Travis hastened to
join the Texan army as soon as it was called into service under
Austin's leadership, and he was given an important position on the
scouting corps. In November, 1835, while out on a scouting ex-
pedition, he captured two hundred Mexican horses about forty miles
from San Antonio."
After the Provisional Government had elected Houston com-
mander-in-chief of the army, Travis was stationed at San Felipe
as chief of the recruiting service there; but he did not remain in
that position very long, for in December he was raised to the rank
of major of artillery.'4 Feeling, however, that the artillery was
not the branch of the army in which he could render the best
service, he resigned the commission and asked for a position with
12E. C. Barker, Mexico and Texas, 1821-1835, 137-139; Ibid., The Life
of Stephen F. Austin, 474-477; Lamar Papers, I, 202-206.
"8W. Barret Travis to General Austin, November 16, 1835, Book No.
3, pp. 75-76, Archives of the State Department. This document is
Travis's own account of the incident.
14W. B. Travis to J. W. Robinson, December 17, 1835, Lamar Papers,
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