Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 46
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40 TEXAS ALMANAC.
Sherman of the 2nd Regiment appointed Doctors Anson Jones, (late President
Jones,) and Booker. I was afterwards apprised of these appointments by Dr.
Bomer, who was quite a stranger to me. The next day we entered upon the
new duties assigned us. The medicine-chest, such as it was, I found in great
confusion. Having arranged it as well as possible, a cart was given me for its
transportation, as soon as we should again be on our march.
Owing to the state of inactivity and the increase of diarrhoea in the army, great
discontent and murmuring were manifested among all the officers and men. The
steamboat Yellow Stone, under Captain Ross, lying at the Ferry, was placed
under guard for our future use.
SANTA ANNA'S CHALLENGE-TALK OF SUPERSEDING HOUSTON.
Meantime the feeling of discontent increased. The news of the burning of San
Felipe, of the advance of Santa Anna in person, of his reaching San Felipe and
Fort Bend, rendered our men impatient of this delay. One day a Mr. Kuy-
kendall came into camp, and stated that he had been taken prisoner by some
Mexicans while eating his dinner in his own house; that he was taken before Santa
Anna, who received him kindly, and then gave him his liberty, telling him to go
and hunt up General Houston, and tell him that he, Santa Anna, was tired of
hunting after him and his army, like so many Indians in the woods, but that if he
would come out of his hiding-place, he would give him a fight in the open
prairie. This challenge was a little too much for the Texas boys, and the desire
to meet the enemy became almost uncontrollable. Col. Sidney Sherman had been
elected Colonel of the Second Regiment, to which the Liberty Company belonged,
and while all were saying it was time to be doing something besides lying in
idleness and getting sick, upon hearing this challenge it was declared to be
necessary that the army should have another commander, and Colonel Sherman
was pointed out as the man best calculated to meet the emergency. This came
to the ears of General Houston, who at once caused notices to be written and
stuck on trees with wooden pegs, to the effect that the first man who should beat
for volunteers, should be court-martialed and shot. One of these notices was
pinned to a hickory tree not six feet from the tent of the Liberty Company, and
Colonel Lynch and others pointed it out to me. J. N. Moreland, (who was a
strong friend to the Commander,) and Major Ben Smith, and Dr. Ewing, all
came to us and desired that no such step, as that spoken of, should be taken, as
there was no doubt the camp would break up within a few days.
ROBBINS' FERRY--ARRIVAL OF THE "TWIN SISTERS."
The next day, some one from the Red Lauds arrived and reported that a
company from that section had reached Robbins' Ferry on the Trinity, where it
had halted, as Mr. Robbins stated it to be the wish of the Commander that the
company should proceed no farther to the west. In reply, Houston said, in my
presence, it was right, and that it was his order for the company to stop there.
About this time news came to us that two pieces of artillery had been landed at
Harrisburg and would reach the camp within five days. It was this mainly, that
put an end to the movement of beating up for a volunteer commander. By request
of Dr. Ewing, I went with him to visit Dr. Phelps at the Hospital, on the other or
east side of the river, at Groce's plantation. This was on Friday, and as we were
about returning, (April 10th,) we got news that the cannon would probably arrive
that night, and the next day they reached Groce's house. The day following,
(Sunday,) I crossed over again, (our camp was only half a mile from the Ferry,)
in company with several others, and found the two little pieces of ordnance,
(afterwards christened the "Twin Sisters,") standing before Mr. Groce's house,
and on entering the house we found several ladies of the house and neighbor-
hood employed in making flannel bags, while my friend Moreland was tying
them. This was about noon on Sunday. Old Mr. Groce, whose hospitality I had
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