The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 378
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Genl. Jackson: March 15th, 1844
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance the bearer
Mr. Peacock who visits you in reference to his brother who is a
prisoner in Mexico. Mr. Peacock is a young gentleman of highly
respectable family and connections and sent to Texas to seek his
fortune. I know that no appeal can be made to you which will be
more promptly and cheerfully responded to than such as this in
which the influence of your name is invoked in behalf of the op-
pressed. In this instance your interference will gratify a worthy
gentleman who feels deep solicitude for the fate of an unfortunate
Your obt. Servt.
A. P. Nicholson
James Y. Peacock, the son of John W. and Ann (Woodward)
Peacock, was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on October 27, 1816.
He came to Texas in 1840 or 1841 and was living in Victoria
County when he enlisted under Ewen Cameron. After his re-
lease from Perote, he returned to Texas and in 1845 enlisted for
service in the Mexican War, participating in the battles of Res-
aca de la Palma, Palo Alto, and Buena Vista. He married Martha
G. Watkins. Peacock died on September 7, 1878, and was buried
on his ranch in Atascosa County. There is a marker in his honor
in San Fernando Cemetery in San Antonio.22
Jackson, Tennessee, Feb. 27, 1844
Genl. Andrew Jackson
I discover as you grow older, and approach nearer to
Eternity, your name has a magic power in foreign lands at your
bidding the chains fall from the lock of your countrymen. I write
to ask your interposition in behalf of a young man, who was born
by the side of you, Leonidas Sanders, the son of your old friend
Francis Sanders, and the brother of my deceased wife who strayed
to Texas, and joined the expedition that made a descent upon
Mexico and with others was taken prisoner at Mier, and is now
(if living) in confinement somewhere in the Mexican empire, the
22"Men of Mier," L. W. Kemp Collection (Archives, University of Texas Library).
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