The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 9
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The Men of Goliad
Their scheme contemplated an army to be commissioned, armed,
fed, and clothed by Texas, but managed, privately, by Johnson and
Grant. The Council did not take kindly to this independent idea,
but in the general breakdown of the Provisional Government was
browbeaten by Johnson into a vague acceptance of his plans.
In the meantime, however, General Houston had overtaken
Grant's army at Goliad and persuaded all but two of the com-
panies to enlist in the service of Texas, rather than in the private
army of Johnson and Grant. The latter then proceeded to San
Patricio with their two remaining companies-sixty men-in order
to maintain a semblance of independent command. This was on
January 22; and on that same day General Urrea occupied Mata-
moros with reinforcements sufficient to hold that place against any
force the Texans, at that time, could bring to bear. The flank and
rear of a Texan force advancing from Copano toward Matamoros
would also be exposed to attack by Santa Anna's principal army
then concentrating at Laredo, and points north, for its march to
Bexar. The small Texan army left by General Houston at Refugio
-seven companies and about 200 men-were without breadstuffs
or adequate supplies of ammunition and could only await the
coming of Colonel Fannin's command.
That officer sailed from the mouth of the Brazos on January 24
with the four companies of the Georgia Battalion and Captain Luis
Guerra's Mexican artillery company (brought by General Mexia
from the fort at the Tampico bar), and was followed by the
Invincible with Captain Burr II. Duval's Company on January
26. Fannin, after a rough passage, made his landfall at Aransas
Pass on January 28 and moved up to Copano, and had disembarked
his troops and stores by February 4. The Invincible brought
cheering news. Colonel John A. Wharton, General Houston's
Adjutant General, had just arrived off the Brazos from New Or-
leans with Captains Turner's and Hart's companies of recruits-
a hundred men-and with the schooner Tamaulipas laden with
powder, munitions, clothing, and ordnance, and the schooners
Caroline and Emeline laden with provisions purchased by the
Texan agents at New Orleans with the new money the Texan
commissioners had found. This flotilla, convoyed by the naval
schooner Liberty would be due at Copano within three or four
days. The brig Mattawamkleag, with the New York Battalion-
184 men-was also eagerly expected, though some weeks overdue.
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