The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 515
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The Georgia Battalion in the Texas Revolution
mission at Goliad, where they had been confined in filth and
misery for six days on a starvation diet and in such cramped
quarters that they could barely lie down. Then, in spite of the
official agreement and in violation of all rules of civilized war-
fare, the prisoners were brutally shot and their bodies left un-
buried. This tragic story has been told many times,1 hence it
seems unnecessary to go into further detail, but Santa Anna's
treachery and the horrible fate of the Georgia Battalion, most of
whose recruits were mere youths in their early teens, can never
be forgotten by Texans who love this state and revere its heroes.
After the war was over, the state of Georgia, in 1855, made a
claim to Texas for compensation for the arms and equipment
belonging to the state of Georgia that were captured by the Mex-
icans at Goliad. Several letters were discovered in the Texas State
Archives and in the Georgia State Archives which explain the
claim and an agreement that was made by the governors of the
two states, and authorized by the legislatures of both states." A
communication from the Honorable Herschel V. Johnson, gover-
nor of Georgia, dated and attested at Milledgeville, Georgia, on
November 15, 1855, to Governor E. M. Pease, in Austin, Texas,
Whereas, in the year 1836, while Texas was at war with Mexico,
a large number of persons having possession of arms, the property
of the state of Georgia, entered the service of Texas, and were com-
manded in battle by an officer duly commissioned by her Council;
and whereas said arms were lost in the service of the Texan struggle
for independence, whereby the said state is in equity bound to pay
the State of Georgia the fair value of same.
It is therefore ordered that William F. Fannin be, and he is
hereby authorized to receive from the Governor or Legislature of
the State of Texas, such amount as may be considered by the State
of Texas reasonably due to the State of Georgia for said arms lost
The above document was accompanied by an affidavit of Sam-
loYoakum, History of Texas, II, 98-1oo; Henry S. Foote, Texas and the Texans
(2 vols.; Philadelphia, 1841), II, 227ff; John J. Linn, Reminiscences of Fifty Years
in Texas (1883, New York), 168ff; and others.
11Memorial No. 75 (MS., Memorials and Petitions, Archives, Texas State Library),
File Box No. 33, Letter G.
12William F. Fannin has not been identified.
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