The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 29
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The Free Negro in the Republic of Texas
Milam's death on the third day, in his official report of the battle,
. . . All [of the men] behaved with the bravery peculiar to
freemen, and with a decision becoming the sacred cause of liberty.
To signalize every individual act of gallantry, where no indi-
vidual was found wanting to himself or to his country, would
be a useless and endless effort. Everyman has merited my warm-
est approbation, and deserves his country's gratitude.
Yet Johnson did not end his report without giving a special cita-
tion to Hendrick Arnold, who, he said, "performed important
On the first day of this action, Greenbury Logan was badly
wounded in the right arm, "by a ball's passing through it" while
storming the town. Greenbury Logan served his adopted country
"with distinguished alacrity and great credit to himself," but his
glory was not unmixed, for his arm was so seriously wounded as
to disable him for life.1' At a later date, in order to enlist his
Congressman, R. F. Forbes, in his effort to gain certain land
privileges, Logan took his pen in hand and wrote his personal
. . . it is well known that Logan was the man that lifted his
his rifle in behalf of Texas as . . . [it was a free man's
right]. it is also known that Logan was in everry fite with the
Maxacans during the campaign of 35 until Bexhar was taken,
in which event I was the 3rd man that fell. my discharge will
show the maner in which I discharged my duty as a free man
and a solier . . .11
The plight of the Texans aroused much sympathy in their
native country and the news of war brought volunteers from many
parts of the United States. Among them, in the company of
white men and "under their promise of protection," came Peter
Allen, "a free man of color residing in the State of Pennsylvania
at the time the Texas Revolution began; and a man of family.'"
'F. W. Johnson to General Burleson, December 11, 1835. J. H. Brown,
History of Texas, from 1685 to 1892, II, 417-421.
"1Congressional Papers, Sixth Session, No. 2349, File 25; Memorial No.
3, File 54, March 13, 1837.
'Greenbury Logan to R. M. Forbes, November 22, 1841. Congressional
Papers, Sixth Session, No. 2582, File 28.
"'House Journal, Seventh Legislature, 499.
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