The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 86
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Of Ben Milam at this time, Lamar says:
He was, in many respects, the antithesis of his companion [John
Austin]. He was more retiring in his disposition, and quiet in
his habits; equally firm and brave, but less impulsive and im-
petuous . . . he was sincere . .. . and always inflexible in
his purpose. Milam, though at that time a very young man, al-
most destitute of education, was nevertheless, remarkable for his
good sense, sound discretion and dignified sobriety; uniting in his
estimable character, the modest simplicity of youth, with the stability
and efficiency of age.23
In regard to Austin's and Milam's relations with Long, Lamar
Through good and through evil report, they abided with him;
participated in all his trials, difficulties and sufferings, and for-
sook him not in the closing scene.24
The expedition, thus having been organized, moved on to Bolivar
Point. Long left his wife, who had been with him in New Orleans,
to make the voyage with Milam and Austin in a boat called the
"Three Sisters." Long himself went up the Mississippi.5
Milam and John Austin reached Galveston at about the same
time General Long did.26 Immediately upon their arrival at Bolivar
Point, Long called a meeting of the supreme council, which declared
that the present council was but a continuation of the former one
As Long had expected, they were forced in July, 1820, to meet
the hostilities of the Karankawa Indians. These Indians, who
brings out about Milam and his connection with the Long Expedition.
Lamar most probably obtained his information from Mrs. Long, who was
actually with her husband and on the grounds most of the time.
"Lamar Papers, II, 79.
"Ibid. Lamar says that Long had been so closely watched that he had
to smuggle his supplies out of New Orleans and take them to Galveston
by way of Calcasieu-henee he proceeded up the river instead of sailing
directly to Bolivar Point. I have found nothing either to prove or disprove
this statement from Lamar.
2Trespalacios did not leave for Galveston until some time later-probably
not until November, 1820. General E. W. Ripley in a letter to Long, dated
October 31, 1820, says, "the moment Trespalacios arrives, you and your
troops should take oath of allegiance to the Mexican government, and the
junta will appoint you a Lieutenant General in their army, and a Captain
General of Texas: this gives you, in nmy opinion, a perfect legal support
to your authority." (See Lamar Papers, II, 96.)
"Lamar Papers, II, 81.
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