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him. Captain Reuben Ross9 was selected by Huston as his second.
The duel was fought on February 7, 1837, and in the exchange
of shots Johnston fell severely wounded with a ball in his hip.
The sympathies of the Kentucky Volunteers were with Felix
Failure of his wound to heal caused Johnston on April 22,
1837, to tender his resignation from the army. President Houston
and Secretary of War William S. Fisher persuaded him to with-
draw it, and he remained in command until May 7, "when worn
down by care, fatigue and physical suffering," he took the advice
of his physicians and turned over the command to Colonel
Rogers. On the eighteenth of the same month President Houston
furloughed about two-thirds of the men, thus virtually disband-
ing the army."4 When Congress reconvened at Houston the first
of May, 1837, the President recommended that the appointment
of Joseph H. D. Rogers as colonel of permanent volunteers, made
during the recess, be confirmed;41 the Senate, however, declined
to do so.42 This repudiation was doubtless due to the part Rogers
had played in the Huston-Johnston duel.
On December 22, 1836, President Houston appointed him adjutant general of the
army and the Senate promptly confirmed him. He died in New Orleans on
August 1o, 1849.
>>Reuben Ross came to Texas in April, 1836, and served as a private in a
company commanded by Captain John A. Quitman. On January 1, 1837, he was
elected captain of the "Houston Volunteer Guards." As colonel of a regiment he
participated in the Battle of Alcantra, Mexico, on October 3, 1839, in the revolu-
tion to establish the "Republic of the Rio Grande." He returned home and soon
afterwards lost his life in a personal rencontre.-John Henry Brown, History of
Texas (2 vols.; St. Louis, 1892-1893), II, 172.
40oJohnston, Life of Gen. Johnston, 83.
41Winkler (ed.), Secret Journals of the Senate, 43-46.
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