The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 293
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Charles Drake Ferris
Charles D. Ferris, formerly of Buffalo, is here, and belongs to
the army-he is aide to Governor Robinson. He was in the en-
gagement, and narrowly escaped death. In the first charge on the
enemy, he was attacked by a Mexican soldier, who attempted to
bayonet him, seeing Ferris' rifle had missed fire. At the charge made
at him by the soldier, his horse sprang to one side and threw him,
but fortunately falling on his feet, he killed the advancing foe with
the butt of his gun. Three days after the battle I visited the field,
which was literally covered for ten miles with the dead. Santa Anna
has offered to recognize the independence of Texas and pay the
expenses of the war, on condition of being set at liberty.8
A few details were added on June 27, 1836, by Sarah P. Lovejoy,
half-sister of Charles Ferris, in a letter to her brother Joshua,
then at Dexter, Michigan. Sarah wrote:
The last letter we had from Charles was dated the twenty-second
of April, the day after the battle of San Jacinto and Santa Anna's
capture. He was then well--delighted with the country, and in good
spirits. He then thought their next movement would be to San An-
tonio to endeavour to retake it. He was in a hurry and wrote but
little. Horace Chamberlain is in Texas and was with Charles April 23.
When he wrote home he said that Charles had a narrow escape in
the battle of the 21st. In the heat of the engagement a Mexican at
a distance of five paces fired his musket at him, which he avoided;
but his horse was frightened at the report and threw him. However
for once good luck was his. He alighted on his feet, and the Mexi-
can rushed upon him with his bayonet, but Charles was too quick
for him and saved his own life, with the loss of part of his rifle ...
Charles is Aide-de-Camp to Governor Robinson. He writes that
he shall have about five thousand four hundred acres of land to
repay him for going there.7
Chamberlain's circumstantial account of the battle, written
apparently on the scene and within a few days of the event, leaves
no doubt of his belief that Charles Ferris was a participant. Sarah
Lovejoy's mention of Ferris' reference to the "next" movement
of the army reinforces the point.
After the battle Ferris obtained from James W. Robinson a
letter of introduction to General Thomas J. Rusk, addressed as
Commander of the Army of Texas. The letter, dated Camp at
Harrisburgh on May 9, 1836, reads:
6Daily Commercial Advertiser (Buffalo, New York), June 15, 1836.
7Sarah P. Lovejoy to Joshua Ferris Lovejoy, June 27, 1836 (MS., Ferris-Lovejoy
Correspondence, in possession of Walter McCausland).
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