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U0 TEXAS ALMANAC.
of the country while I am living, and not leave it to other hands to finish a
work which Providence has accorded to me. I will, in concluding this point,
read the testimony of Gen. Rusk, to show that the Commander-in-Chief remained
on the field, and continued in pursuit of the enemy until his horse, pierced with
five balls, fell under him.
Extract from a letter of Gen. Rusk to William B. Stout, relative to the conduct
of Gen. Houston in the battle of San Jacinto:
" As to the halt spoken of, I know of none ordered by Gen. Houston, except
at the bog or quagmire, after the Mexicans were defeated and in full retreat.
At that point I met with the General for the first time after he was wounded.
The men were entangled and in confusion; the General ordered a halt to form
From this time no hostile gun was fired. The last detachment of the enemy
immediately surrendered. This was not in the onset of the action; but when
it was over. Mr. Sherman displayed his prudence in the onset of the action,
and secured his person beyond the reach of danger. Thus far, Mr. President, I
have referred to documentary evidence that may be relied on, to establish the
conduct of the General, which may be found in one of the most authentic his-
tories of Texas; one written with good taste, succinct and instructing in its
character, and giving a good idea of the object for which it was designed-
Yoakum's History of Texas. It is a work with which the Commander-in-Chief
had no connection, never having seen a page of it in manuscript in his life.
His object has not been to write history, or to supervise its composition. His
only object has been to vindicate himself against the calumnies that have been
brought forward, and got up recently, for the purpose not only of attacking
him, but assailing every man who was friendly to him, and that by individuals
whose malignity has been bitter; whose hostility to the cause of Texas, and to
every thing like the establishment of good government, has been notorious and
proverbial in Texas.
The author of this Almanac, Willard Richardson-I must immortalize him-
if reports be true, and I have no reason to doubt them, had he been assigned to
his proper place, would have been dignified by a penitentiary residence before
this time, owing to the peccadilloes with which he was charged. Although
they have been smothered and done away with, his character is not vindicated
to the world. He still goes on from sin to sin, from abuse to slander. Sir, I
have no disposition to animadvert more: but could the characters of these indi-
viduals, and the motives which prompted them, be known, it would not have
been necessary for me to occupy the time of the Senate on this occasion, or to
give a thought to what has transpired, in relation to the Commander-in-Chief
of the army of Texas. I find, however, that bitter, that undying hostility to
him, that will not perish even with his life; and I have no doubt the very crea-
tures that are hunting him now, would hunt him, if they could, beyond the
grave. No longer than last night-and I regret, exceedingly, to advert to it-
I received a letter from a respectable gentleman in New-York, containing an
item that I must pay some attention to. I hate these trivial things: but yet they
bear an import with tlhem that seems to claim my attention. He says:
PORT CHESTER, WEST CHESTER COUNTY, NEW-YORK, Feb. 24, 1859.
MY DEAR GENERAL: Chagrined and mortified, I sit down to tell you of the
burning disgrace that has, this evening, been given to your well-earned fame.
Reverend James H. Perry, D.D., of New-York, delivered in a lecture in the
Methodist Episcopal Church this evening, the most bitter remarks respecting
your bravery and honor, that ever passed human lips. The subject was " The
battle of San Jacinto: its causes and consequences." Mr. Perry informed his
large and intelligent audience that he was prompted by patriotic motives to
enlist in the Texan cause; that he visited you at your camp, with letters of in-
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The Galveston News. The Texas Almanac, for 1860, with Statistics, Historical and Biographical Sketches, &c., Relating to Texas., book, 1860~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123766/m1/32/: accessed July 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.