The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 411
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Col. M. L. Crimmins whose address is Fort Sam Houston is
calling all historians for information about Fort Merrill. When
Col. Crimmins starts after one of these Texas forts those who
hold the records might as well surrender. "I have," writes Col.
Crimmins, "a photostat of Major Freeman's report of his inspec-
tion there-6/21/1853-with his plan of the fort. It was named
after Captain Moses Merrill, Fifth Infantry, killed at the battle
of Molino del Rey, September 8, 1847, while leading the assault-
ing column under his command while attacking the enemy's works.
"The War Department has been asked to re-enact with troops the
battle of Glorrietta, New Mexico in March, 1862. They want data
on uniforms, etc., and position of troops at various stages of the
battle. Could you . . . give me some references ?"
Captain Charles F. Ward, New Mexico Military Institute, Ros-
well, should be able to supply information on New Mexico history.
Col. Crimmins writes that he will attend the annual meeting in
April. He is an example of the military man who turns historian
when leisure permits.
T. U. Taylor, a new member of the Association, is an example
of the engineer who lays down his X's and Y's, stresses and strains,
slide rules and transits to chart the uncertain trails of history
where mathematics admits its impotence. For many years he has
written historical articles for Marvin Hunter's Frontier Times,
and last year he published his Fifty Years on the Forty Acres. All
the while he has been on the trail of Jesse Chisholm. It seems that
he followed Jesse through Texas, but lost him in Oklahoma where
many another Texan's trail has been lost. He is offering fifty
dollars in prizes for the best essays written by Oklahoma students
on Jesse Chisholm. He says: "The student is left perfectly free
to choose authentic material and information concerning the life
and services of this remarkable man, Jesse Chisholm. The essay
should deal with his career as a patriot, a pioneer, a pathfinder,
a peacemaker, a prophet, a protector, a good Samaritan, and/or
his heritage to the children of Oklahoma.... Information can be
obtained from old settlers, or direct sources." The essays may
range from 2,000 to 8,000 words.
WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB.
The University of Texas.
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