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100 TIIE TEXAS ALMANAC.
at San Jacinto-it was their gun that carried away the water bucket of the
Mexican Long-nine and did other damage. Col. W. came home for a few
weeks, after the battle, but again got up a company, around Montgomery,
and joined the Texan army, then under Rusk, at Victoria. After the Mex-
ican army had made its disgraceful " exit " from our soil Col. W. returned
home, ever ready to respond to the call of his adopted country. He turned
out again in 1842, but, fortunately, did not cross the R o Grande with the
doomed invaders under Fisher, Green, &c. He learned the printer's trade in
the city of New York, and once edited a paper in Huntsville, Walker coun-
ty, Texas. Col. Wade's mother was a blood cousin to the renowned Irish
orator, Henry Grattan, and of the same name. Although about 60 years
old, Col. W. (like Mr. Richard Williams,) is quite a young old man; looks
almost as youthful as when the writer first grasped his hand, nearly thirty-
five years ago.
[Col. Wade having furnished us a brief sketch of himself we now add it
to the above.]
Editors Texas Almanac: Your kind invitation to the veterans of Texas, in-
induces me to send my name, age, etc., together with a brief sketch of my
services, which you can put in such shape as you please for your Almanac.
I came to Texas in 1835 from the Western Creek Nation, being advised so
to do by Gen. Houston. I came when he made his second trip to Texas, on
the 11th of October, 1835. I joined troops going from Nacogdoches to
Bexar, (Rusk's company,) was taken sick and remained in San Felipe, and the
present site of Montgomery, until the meeting of the Convention at Wash-
ington, when I joined Capt. Ware's company ; heard of the fall of the Alamo
and hastened to the Colorado; wag. under Sherman at the upper encamp-
ment until the retreat; Gen. Sherman will remember me. At Groce's I was
detailed, by Gen. Houston, with Dick Scurry, Ben McCulloch, Tom., Green,
T. O. Harris and others, to man the Twin Sisters, which the lamented J. N.
Moreland was appointed to command; staid with the Twin Sisters till after
the battle of San Jacinto; rejoined Ware's company, and was discharged
on the 11th of June, 1836.
Gen. Rusk hearing the Mexicans were rallying on the Rio Grande, called
for men. I was elected captain of a company on the 4th of July, 1836; re-
ported to Rusk at Victoria; was assigned to duty with my company in the
,regiment of Col. Ed. Morehouse; served three months, the term of enroll-
ment, and discharged my company. I then went to Columbia and worked as
a compositor on the Telegraph; came round to Houston with Cruger & Moore,
after their purchase from the Bordens, and was foreman for them until the
opening of the Land Office in 1838. I then returned to Montgomery and
was appointed to the office of Deputy Surveyor; elected County Surveyor
when that office became elective' by the people, and was elected Colonel of
Militia at its first organization. I started the Montgomery Patriot in 1845,
moved it to Huntsville, and with the assistance of George Robinson published
it one year and sold out. I returned again to Montgomery in 1854, and have
been Surveyor until displaced by Gov. Davis.
Matthew Cartright, R. Martin and myself, are the only survivors of the
battle of San Jacinto, in this county.
I am a native of the city of New York, and 56 years old; have set type be-
side Greeley and Kendall when a mere boy, J. M. WADE.
J. H. SHEPPEnD.
The writer, J. H. Shepperd, is a native of North Carolina. He came
to Texas in 1831; first stopped in Austin's Colony, twenty miles above
San Felipe de Austin, at Col. Jared Groce's settlement. In 1832 he
made his first campaign as Lieuten ant in Capt. Abner Kuykendall's 2d
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