The Texas Almanac for 1872, and Emigrant's Guide to Texas. Page: 101
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SURVIVORS OF THE TEXAS REVOLUTION. 101
company, when the Colonists rose to relieve Travis, Jack, and companions
from the clutches of the tyrant Bradburn, at Anahuac. His next cam-
paign was at Bexar, in 1835; he was in all the battles and skirmishes
around there; the "Powder House Fight," Grass Fight, Concepcion, &c.,
and remained till the place surrendered. He was 1st Lieutenant in
Joe Bonnet's company, and when the latter disbanded, joined Coleman's
company, in the same grade. He was "not in the battle of San Jacinto for
the reason that Sam Houston (the day the army crossed the Brazos at
Groce's) sent him with an express to the Coshattie Indians, on Trinity
river, near where Swartwout now is. Gen. Houston had heard this tribe
of Indians would come to his aid with 100 warriors. The writer told him
they would not take part in the contest on the side of Texas, and
the result of his mission confirmed his assertion. For, after endeavoring
for several days to get their Chiefs to hold a council, he had to return to
his home, at Montgomery, and was thus deprived of the honor of partici-
pating in the glorious victory of San Jacinto.
He served in the campaign after the latter battle; was out the year
of the " Cherokee war," and also in 1842, at Bexar, but did not go to the
Rio Grande. He is nearly 58 years old, and in extremely bad health. He
would remark that, in the campaign after the battle of San Jacinto, he
was stationed at Southerland's, on the Navidad, as bearer of expresses from
Heabiquarters, at Victoria, to the seat of Government, at Columb'a, and bore
the dispatch from Sam Houston (then in Eastern Texas) countermanding
the taking of Santa Anna to the army, as per vote and determination of the
army. Very respectfully, &c., J. H. SHEPPERD.
P. S.--The writer was 1st Lieutenant in Capt. Wade's company in 1836.
Gen. Houston gave the writer a Lieutenant's commission in the regular
army which, owing to the difficulty of getting recruits, he tacitly resigned.
J. H. S.
Mitchell Putman was born in the State of South Carolina, in February,
1793; emigrated to Austin's colony and settled on the Colorado river in Texas
in the winter of 1834 and 1835. The disturbances with the Government of
Mexico, soon after his arrival, caused him to answer the call of the Provis-
ional Government of Texas, and repair to Gonzales, where he enlisted in the
army under Gen. Sam Houston a few days after the fall of the Alamo. The
army retreated from Gonzales before Santa Anna, Commander-in-Chief of all
the Mexica forces. The subject of this notice separated from his wife and
children at Donahoo's, on the Brazos river, where the retreating Texan army
and the families of those in the army and mass of the population west of the
Brazos, camped together. The non-combatants retreated further east; the
Texan army diverged to Buffalo Bayou and fought the battle of San Jacinto
on the 20th and 21st days of April, 1836. In that battle, Mitchell Putman, a
private in Capt. W. J. E. Heard's company, Burleson's regiment, was
wounded in the right arm, near the body, by an escopet ball, which caused a
partial paralysis of the arm. Mitchell Putman moved to Gonzales county
in 1838, and though now past seventy-seven years of age, is able to undergo
much fatigue and hardship. He is one of the survivors of the Texas revolu-
tion now entitled to a pension for services and wound, under the Act of 13th
He has, perhaps, experienced more mental and physical privations than any
man now living in Texas. In October, 1838, whilst residing one mile below
where Clinton is now situated, in the bend near the Guadalupe =river, then
part of Gonzales county, -a party of Comanche Indians captured four of his
children, a few hundred yards from his house, and took them with them on
their return to their wilderness homes. One of these children was brought
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