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SAN ANTONIO DE BEXAR.
donation by the city, February 16th, 1870, accepted by the General Government
in June, 1871.
In 1873 General Sheridan, W. W. Belknap, Secretary of War, and
General Meyers came to San Antonio on business connected with the proper
establishment of the Headquarters of the Department of Texas. There was an
effort made to keep them in Austin or remove them to either Fort Worth or
Denison. All these projects fell to the ground.
On May 6th, 1875, W. W. Belknap ordered the work on the Quartermaster's
building t$ be commenced, and the appropriation previously voted by Congress, in
accordance with the acceptance of the land grant from the city, was directed to be
applied for. The magnificent Post resulting from this action has been already
The Posts of Texas were put in telegraphic communication with each other,
and the Government in 1876. Owing to the extension of railway lines and other
telegraphic companies, these wires were disposed of to the Erie Telegraph Com-
pany, December 6th, 1883.
In 1882, on behalf of the Belgian Government, Professor Housseau estab-
lished a station on Government Hill for the observation of the Transit of Venus
and for the collection of other astronomical data. The Professor came in August,
the Transit taking place December 20th. He succeeded in getting 120 measure-
ments, and Professor Hall, the American observer, obtained 204 photographs.
The distinguished men who have visited and commanded at the Post of San
Antonio, are personages whose lives and doings are part of a larger history than
that of this Department. They have come and gone, the blue and the gray, be-
fore and since the war. Theirs has been a record of duty performed, be it grap-
pling with a redskin or charging at Gettysburg. In the mesquite wilderness, with
none to note, they bore themselves as men and, even so, under the apple trees
at Appomattox with the world looking on.*
Somebody has said that the truly brave man is he that will do in solitude the
most daring deed he might conceive before men. Surely this is so, and men of
this kidney have made the Department what it is. They have guarded our
frontier and, aided by a gallant population, have settled the Indian question in
Texas. San Antonio, in the past, has seen much of the captured tribes-villains
of a most villainous type-the last to be brought in being the notorious Geronimo
and his band. They were en route for location in Florida and were captured by
Captain Lawton after a long pursuit in the mountains of Arizona.
The present commander of the Department is Brigadier General Stanley, a
gentleman who has endeared himself officially and personally to the State at
large. His stay has been marked by a constant exchange of friendly courtesies
with the people amongst whom he has come to dwell. His name also brings our
record to a close, and we trust it may be long before another follows.
NOTE.-Col. Withers was the Adjutant General of the Department in 1857-8-9-60, serving on the staff of the
following remarkable men : Albert Sydney Johnson, General Twiggs and that best beloved of men,. Robert E
Lee. The Adjutants General at Headquarters, after the War, were Colonels Wood and Taylor anid Generals
Vincent and Ruggles. At the present time Col. Martin is the incumbent.
* This is no figure of speech. Fitz-hugh Lee, as a Lieutenant under Vain l)orn, was reported mortally
wounded in an Indian fight. The parallel, moreover, applies to all.
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Corner, William. San Antonio de Bexar: A Guide and History, book, 1890; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143549/m1/70/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.