The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 571
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An Evaluation of the Texas Navy
a battle in which the new and modern should have shown
its superiority, but because of the resolute leadership, fearless
courage, and valiant determination of Commodore Moore, the
weaker side won.
Within two weeks of this battle, the victorious commodore
found himself declared to be a pirate, murderer, and mutineer
by President Houston, because he persisted in trying to meet the
enemy at sea.
The officers and men who worked for Moore were devoted to
him. Tattered, poorly fed, unpaid, hounded by creditors, they
remained loyal to their commodore. When President Houston
illegally dismissed Moore, all officers except one resigned and
walked off the vessel.
The navy which had returned in glory died in chaos, unthanked
by the government it had preserved, demonstrating once more
that naval operations are little understood by citizens ashore.
Enemy bullets whose delivery is prevented make no noise; the
enemy troops who are unable to invade are not seen; no one
writes of campaigns which cannot be fought because of their
interruption by properly applied sea power. That Mexico was
unable to prevent Texas from receiving reinforcements and sup-
plies from the United States was not appreciated inland. Blockades
are felt by those who ration diminishing ammunition supplies,
or await reinforcements which do not arrive, or who eat rats.
Since Texas had been spared the privation of a blockaded nation,
the heroic accomplishments of the navy in its 1843 campaign
have gone unappreciated.15
15A. Walke, Journal, July 7s, 1843 (MS., Archives, Texas State Library).
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