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Infantry and the Ninth Cavalry. This demand was repeated a
week later and Facio wrote Mier y Teran, ". .. his Excellency,
the Vice-president, hopes that your known ability and patriotism
will move you to the immediate execution of your plan simul-
taneously to occupy the points of Bexar and La Bahia before
the disloyal colonists rise in revolt and possess themselves of
the said points; but at the same time do not lose sight of the
safety of Matamoros, a highly important point in case the
enemy should attempt an invasion by way of the tributary
Had Facio's plans worked out, and had the state governors
shown a willingness to aid in the projected expedition, there
would have been a total of 2,965 men in the division which
would operate in Texas. As a matter of fact, the number was
far below the proposed total. The states were slow in com-
plying with the order to send troops to Mier y Teran, and the
governor of Zacatecas refused outright, declaring that the fed-
eral government could not constitutionally order militia of one
state to do service in another.34
On February 20, Mier y Teran informed de la Garza of his
appointment as ad interim commander of the Eastern Interior
Provinces, and instructed him to proceed to Matamoros and
receive the command "with all the formalities which the cir-
cumstances would permit.""35 Matters were now rapidly reach-
ing a crisis between these two men. Turning his attention next
to the action which had thus far been taken on his suggestions,
the commandant general wrote a long letter to Facio. He
acknowledged his appointment as general in chief of the Texas
division of troops and reported that he had informed de la
Garza of his appointment to act during his absence. Then he
asked that the government recall the measures which he had
33Minister of War to Mier y Terdn, Mexico City, January 30, February 6,
and 13, 1830; Mier y Teran to Minister of War, San Fernando, February 20,
1830, MS., Ibid.
34Replying to a request for information on the number of troops destined
for Texas, Facio sent Alam6n the following on February 16: "Federal
Infantry: The Twelfth Batallion, 250; State Troops (Infantry) : From San
Luis Potosi, 600; from Zacatecas, 400; from Nuevo Le6n, 300; from Tamau-
lipas, 300; from Coahuila-Texas, 200; Federal Cavalry: the Ninth Regi-
ment, 315; the Ninth Company of Presidiales of the Eastern Interior States,
300; State Troops (Cavalry): from San Luis Potosi, 300; Total, 2,965.
Alleine Howren, "Causes and Origin of the Decree of April 6, 1830," in
The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, XVI, 404-405.
35Mier y Teran to de la Garza, San Fernando, February 20, 1830, Archivo
General de Mexico, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 14, op. mil. 1830, The University
of Texas (Hatcher) Transcripts.
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