The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 27
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The Federal Indian Policy in Texas, 1845-1860 27
exceeding five months. This force was to be subject to the orders
of the commander of the eighth military department. The strength
of the force was not stated, but the Legislature made an appro-
priation of $20,000 for it.45 In October, by order of the President,
General Brooke made a requisition on Governor Bell for a com-
pany of rangers to serve twelve months. Governor Bell appointed
Henry E. McCulloch to raise the company. The men were to
furnish their clothing and horses, and the Federal Government
was to furnish arms and ammunition."6
Brown states that this company was organized for six months,
that they were discharged May 4, 1851, and the next day were
reorganized for another six months.47 The Gazette for April 19
stated that the companies of Captains Wallace, Ford, and Bagby
had been remustered into service as well as one under command
of Captain Daniel Connor.48
On August 2, 1852, Governor Bell ordered Colonel James S.
Gillett to Brownsville to organize three companies for the protec-
tion of the lower Rio Grande. Their field of operations was to
be the country between Laredo and Brownsville or Point Isabel.
No provision was made for their support, said Bell, but he expected
them to be taken into the Federal service. If they were not, he
wrote, the next Legislature would provide.49 Gillett organized
these three companies under command of Captains G. K. Lewis,
stationed at Brownsville; H. Clay Davis, at Rio Grande City; and
Owen Shaw, at Laredo." Governor Bell wrote President Fill-
more, August 20, of the organization of these three companies,
stating that the Rio Grande valley was in a desperate situation
due to murders and depredations of lawless bands of Indians and
Mexicans.51 He requested that the companies be recognized by
the Federal Government. To this letter the Secretary of War
replied, saying that Congress had made no provisions for additional
4"Ibid., September 14, 1850.
46Ibid., October 26, 1850.
47Brown, A History of Texas, II, 356.
4"Ibid., April 19, 1851.
"Bell to Gillett, August 2, 1852, Army Papers, 1842-1877, Texas State
"~Contracts between Gillett and merchants, December 31, 1852, Army
Papers, 1842-1877, Texas State Library.
"5Bell to Fillmore, August 20, 1852, Army Papers, 1842-1877, Texas
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