The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 291
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Charles Drake Ferris
verified claims that other names should be added to the Honor
Roll of the Battle. Prior to his death in 1956, Louis W. Kemp of
Houston spent much time and effort in scholarly research on this
subject. At the time the museum plaques were cast, they gave the
name of every San Jacinto veteran then known to Kemp, but his
last published list, dated 1951, adds the names of 11 veterans of
the battle and of io members of the rear guard, bringing the
totals to 91o and 247.2
Omitted from that Honor Roll is the name of Charles Drake
Ferris of Buffalo, New York. Kemp had become convinced from
information supplied by the writer, however, that Ferris had
taken part in the battle. Here, for the first time, is set forth the
evidence that Charles Drake Ferris should be honored as a hither-
to unknown veteran of San Jacinto.
Ferris, not yet twenty-three years of age, left Buffalo on Novem-
ber 18, 1835, at a time of great financial stress in that infant city.
To him, as to many other young adventurers, the Texan struggle
for independence offered hope of fame and fortune. He took with
him letters of introduction to Sam Houston and to the Latin-
American patriot, Lorenzo de Zavala, who in March of the fol-
lowing year became vice-president of the provisional government
of Texas. Ferris left behind in Buffalo his mother, two half-sisters,
and his bride of a year and a half, four months with child.
Following the usual route of the times, Ferris passed through
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, and thence down the Mis-
sissippi to New Orleans. His brother, Warren Angus Ferris, who
had returned to Buffalo on December 9, 1835, after six years of
adventure in the Rocky Mountains, wrote on February 7, 1836,
that the family had received several letters from Charles., These
have not been preserved; but one dated January i at New Orleans
informed those at home that Charles was to sail the next day in
the brig Brutus, bound for Matagorda, near the mouth of the
2Handbook of Texas (2 vols.; Austin, 1952), II, 554.
SWarren A. Ferris to Joshua F. Lovejoy, February 7, 1836 (MS., Ferris-Lovejoy
Correspondence, in possession of Walter McCausland).
4Charles D. Ferris to Lovejoy family, January 1, 1836 (MS., Sarah P. Lovejoy
Letter Book, in possession of Howard Stuart, Kennebunk, Maine).
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