History of the regulators and moderators and the Shelby County war in 1841 and 1842, in the republic of Texas, with facts and incidents in the early history of the republic and state, from 1837 to the annexation, together with incidents of frontier life and Indian troubles, and the war on the reserve in Young County in 1857 Page: 11 of 42
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a man named Mordecai. The men were arrested and whipped every day
until a confession was obtained from Mordecai, but the money was never
recovered. Willis Watson kept a ferry a mile above Logansport, on the Sabine
river, and his place was the headquarters of counterfeiters and desperate
characters. He became so obnoxious to the citizens of Louisiana that a
number of the citizens of that State went to his place and destroyed it by fire
in about the winter of 1838. Watson having lost lhis property left the country.
He was then out of prison on bail, for an attempt to rob Sanchez, having been
arrested before by me. The citizens of Louisiana had gone to his place to
arrest him and his gang, but not finding him destroyed all his property. Had
he remained his life would have been taken.
The Mexicans and Indians came to an understanding in 1838 and rebelled.
Some of the Mexicans near Nacogdoches raised a difficulty with the Texians
during the summer, before the preparations were all complete for an attack
upon the Texians. The Indians held a consultation or council and finding
themselves not ready, returned to their homes and the Mexicans fled. I took
my part in the suppression of this attempt at rebellion. An army was raised
in Texas, with General Rusk in command; General Douglass and McLeod
also having commands under him. I was a member of the Board of War and
appointed captain of a company in 1839.
In 1838, a spy company was raised, Geo. Hanks was made Captain and I
First Lieutenant. In the election for officers of this company Willis Watson
and Shem Harris were candidates and failing, made an effort to rob Sanchez by
forging bills of sale of his property. The company was on the march when
information was received of the action of the men WVatson and(I Harris. I was
at once detailed to capture them and with a squad of men rode all night and
secured the two men before breakfast at Sanchez's house before they got
possession of the property. Here I waited for Captain Hanks and Lieutenant
Roberts to come, when Captain Timmon's company, from Harrison county and
Captain Haley, with his company from Shelby county, arrived. The three
companies were detained here on detached service. I received orders to take
the prisoners to Nacogdoches. Mayes, a prisoner, through the influence of
his friends, was released at Sanchez's place and the two men Watson and Harris
were conveyed to Nacogdoches and confined in prison. They gave bond and
were released. I was then ordered to arrest John Beecham, Jack Crane, Sam
Bruton and old man Pierce, for appropriating confiscated property. Returning
to camp I was sent in the direction of WAatson's ferry, traveling until late in
the night, we camped on the road close to the house of old man Pierce, whoil we
arrested at daylight. Proceeding we captured Crane. We then went to
Bruton's on the Teneha, and he was absent. At Shelbyville we missed taking
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Middleton, John W. History of the regulators and moderators and the Shelby County war in 1841 and 1842, in the republic of Texas, with facts and incidents in the early history of the republic and state, from 1837 to the annexation, together with incidents of frontier life and Indian troubles, and the war on the reserve in Young County in 1857, book, January 1, 1883; Fort Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2362/m1/11/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .