The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 26
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wrote Adjutant General Jones that the Indians between the Nueces
River and the Rio Grande were so daring and dangerous that he
had called on Governor Wood for three mounted companies. He
wanted the approval of the War Department in mounting several
companies of the first and eighth infantry.38 On August 31,
Brooke wrote Jones that he did not want to call on the Governor
for more volunteers than was absolutely necessary, but the calling
out of the three companies had greatly increased the desire of the
people for raising more troops, a thing he had to contend against.39
The Gazette for August 25 gave the officers of these three com-
panies as Captains Ford, Gamble, and Smock.40 Governor Wood
stated in his message of November 6, 1849, that he had received
reports of Indian invasions from citizens living between Corpus
Christi and the Rio Grande. Since the United States troops in
that section were inadequate, he had authorized the raising of two
companies of mounted volunteers, and recommended the Legis-
lature to make an appropriation for their support, which sum it
would be the duty of the Federal Government to refund.41
The Gazette for March 2, 1850, gave the names of the officers
of eight companies then in service. These were Captains Ben T.
Hill, J. M. Smith, Jacob Roberts, John S. Sutton, Shapley P.
Ross, Henry E. McCulloch, Isaac W. Johnson, and Charles Black-
well.42 A week later the Gazette contained the statement that
General Brooke had made a requisition on Governor Bell for an
additional company of mounted men, to serve six months, that
W. A. Wallace, an energetic and experienced old ranger, had been
appointed to raise the company, and that the call was meeting with
a prompt response.43 The citizens of San Antonio held a public
meeting early in August, at which they passed resolutions request-
ing the commanding officer in Texas to call into immediate service
a sufficient volunteer force to clear the country of Indians.44 As
the result of this, the Legislature passed a bill August 31, pro-
viding for the organization of militia, to serve for a period not
8"Ibid., p. 141.
"Ibid., p. 143.
"'Texas State Gazette, August 25, 1849.
"House Journal, 3rd Texas Legislature, 1849, pp. 13-14.
"Texas State Gazette, March 2, 1850.
albid., March 9, 1850.
"Ibid., August 10, 1850.
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