The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 29, July 1925 - April, 1926 Page: 28
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forces, that there was no foundation to the rumored Indian hos-
tilities, and that "volunteer companies thus organized, without
sanction and contrary to the judgment of the authorities properly
charged with the defense of the country, have a tendency to create
hostilities, and rather endanger the peace of the frontier."52 The
Gazette in January, 1853, published the report of the Texas com-
mittee on Indian affairs. The committee expressed its "unqual-
ified approbation" of the Governor's course in calling out the three
companies, saying that the state constitution gave him the neces-
sary authority. They declared that the representations of the
frontier people to the Governor as to their sufferings were abso-
In the summer of 1854 the Indians were such a menace that
General Persifor F. Smith, then commandant, made a requisition
on Governor Pease for six companies of rangers to conduct a cam-
paign against them.4 These companies were to be mustered into
the service of the United States on November 1 and their term
of service was to be twelve months unless the President discharged
them sooner. Each man was to furnish his own horse, equipment,
and arms, and the United States was to provide the ammunition,
forage, and subsistence. The pay of the troops was to depend upon
the appropriation that Congress made. Governor Pease by proc-
lamation divided the state into six districts so that people from
all sections of Texas might have opportunity of furnishing troops.
The places of rendezvous were Goliad, Washington, Cameron, Mc-
Kinney, Tyler, and Nacogdoches,5" and the officers commanding
these companies were Captains Giles S. Boggess for the Tyler com-
pany, William Fitzhugh for McKinney, John G. Walker for Nacog-
doches, Charles E. Travis for Cameron, and William I-Ienry for
the Goliad company. The Brenham company had not reported
on November 4, when this article appeared in the Gazette."G By
January 6, 1855, these companies had been mustered into the Fed-
eral service. The companies of Walker, Henry, and Travis were
sent to Fort Clark, and those of Boggess, Fitzhugh, and Rogers,
"Winkler, in Johnson-Barker, Texas and Texans, I, 511.
6"Texas State Gazette, January 22, 1853.
"Winkler, in Johnson-Barker, Texas and Texans, I, 512.
"Texas State Gazette, August 26, 1854.
"Ibid., November 4, 1854.
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