The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 512
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The organization of the Georgia Battalion in Macon, Georgia,
for service in the Texas Revolution, began with a public meeting
in Macon on November 12, 1835, and was addressed by the Hon-
orable Robert Augustus Beall, John Rutherford, Samuel M.
Strong, and others in advocacy of the claims of Texas upon the
people of the United States for aid in the Texan struggle for
independence.2 Lieutenant Hugh McLeod, recently from the
United States Military Academy at West Point, addressed the
meeting, pledging himself to resign his commission and embark
as a volunteer.
Captain Levi Eckley, of the Bibb County Cavalry, presided over
the meeting, and Simri Rose, of the Macon Volunteers, acted as
secretary. Colonel William Ward, of Macon, proposed to form a
company of infantry to enlist in the army of Texas, and the en-
thusiasm was so great that thirty-two men at the meeting enrolled
for the venture and $3,150 was collected for defraying the ex-
penses, the greater part of which was contributed by Dr. Robert
Colonel William Ward enlisted about one hundred and twenty
men, formed into three companies, and then organized them into
a battalion upon their arrival in Texas, which they were not per-
mitted to do within the borders of the United States. The officers
of the battalion were: William A. Ward, major; William J. Mitch-
ell, surgeon; David Isaac Holt, quartermaster; Henderson Cozart
[Cojart], assistant quartermaster; W. A. O. Wadsworth, James C.
Winn, and Uriah Irwin Bullock, captains. Before leaving Georgia
for Texas, the recruits were temporarily organized as follows:
Wadsworth, captain of the Columbus Volunteers; Bullock, cap-
tain of the Macon Volunteers; and Winn, captain of the Georgia
As the men passed through Knoxville, Georgia, en route to the
was absolutely astounded at the entirely new facts you have brought to light."
-Ibid., October 31, 1954-
A more extended version of the present study, which contains detailed genealog-
ical data on several of the men of the Georgia Battalion, has been placed in the
Archives of the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas.
2John Butler, History of Macon and Central Georgia (Macon, 1876), 131-137.
4Macon (Georgia) Telegraph, January el, 1836.
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