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velopment. When Texas shall assume her normal position as the Empire State of
the South, then we may begin to appreciate the results of a victory which has been
often excelled in physical attributes; but seldom equalled in its social, political and
DEFENSE OF COLONEL JOHN FORBES,
AGAINST CERTAIN CHARGES ALLUDED TO IN DR. LABADIE'S NARRATIVE OF THE
CAMPAIGN OF 1836.
(From the Galveston News of Oct. 30, 1858.)
NACOGDOCHES, Oct. 18, 1858.
Editors of Galveston News and Publishers of Texas Almanac, 1859.
Sins: The Weekly Houston ,Telegraph of the 13th inst., which was placed in my
hands yesterday, contains an extract of several columns, headed "From the Texas
Almanac, 1859. Texas Campaign," in which are several. statements relating to
myself of a most false and infamous character, and which I declare to be grossly
slanderous and libellous, and basely lying from beginning to end. Fortunately, a
kind Providence has spared my life to this late period, that after a lapse of' nearly
twenty-three years, I can give the lie to the false statements, and convict the slan-
derer by documentary evidence. To the proof. Some days after the battle of San
Jacinto, I was informed that some reports, injurious to me, were put in circulation;
and as I could not trace up the author, I addressed the following note to the Com-
mander-in-Chief of the army:
To GEN. SAM HOUSTON: Head-Quarters of the Army.
SIR: Reports having reached me, prejudicial to my character and conduct as a
soldier and a gentleman, during the action of the 21st inst, I beg most respectfully
to ask a Court of Inquiry may be held at the earliest convenient time, as to the
trutthor falsehood of them. Yours respectfully,
On which application, a Court of Inquiry, composed of officers of the army, was
convened. Their report is as follows:
BATTLE-GROUND, 28th April, 1836.
The Court of Inquiry, held in pursuance of an order from Major-General Sam
Houston, Commander-in-Chief on the reports circulated, prejudicial to the character
of Col. John Forbes, Commissary-General of the Army of Texas, most respectfully
report that, after a strict, thorough, and full investigation of all matters bearing
upon the case, they find no evidence whatever in support of such charges, or any
ground for censure, against him in the action of the 21st inst. On the contrary,
they find his conduct upon that occasion, to have been characterized as that of a
courageous as well as humane soldier.
(Signed) Lieut. TINSLEY, Col. SaERMAN,
Judge Advocate. President.
On the receipt of the report of the Court of Inquiry, the Commander-in-Chief
issued the following order:
San Jacinto, 29th April, 1836.
The Commanding General has received the report of the Court of Inquiry held
on the 28th inst., of which Col. Sherman was President, commending the conduct
of Col. John Forbes, Commissary-General, and also honorably acquitting him of all
censure from reports circulated against him after the action of the 21st inst. Hereby
approves the same.
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