Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 77 of 119
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also the commander of a corps;of observation, to be reinforced by orders
from this place if deemed necessary.
In the first- istance, that corps will consist of the seven companies of the
i dag0pons,lopg ina garwion at Fort Jesup, together with eight companies
of tbe 3d infntry ud eight of the 4th recently orered; thither.
With a view to the cobreience of the receipt of supplies by water, the
4th iofantry (and the 3d also, at your discretion) may, for the present, be
held.encamped near Natchitoches. It is supposed that a. healthy position
may be found in the pine woods in the neighborhood of that city; if not,
health being of the higher importance, both regiments of foot may be encamped
on the ridge near Fort Jesup.
Your headquarters inay be established at either place, or you will shift
faom one to the other, as may be found necessary.
The three corps will be held in readiness for service at any moment.
Cavalry arms and horse equipments have been ordered from Baton
Rouge for the seven companies of dragoons. Measures will also be taken
to cause them to be remounted, as soon as an appropriation shall be made
for that object. In the mean time, they will be rendered effective'on foot.
You will continue to receive instructions direct from this place. Your
ordinary military communications will be made as indicated in the third
paragraph of the orders of the War Department dated the 16th instant;
but in other matters confided to your judgment and discretion, (and the
confidence is great,) your correspondence will be direct to the Adjutant
General, for the information of the General-in-chief and the higher authorities.
will take prompt measures, in the first instance by a confidential
officer, and subsequently by the ordinary mail or special expresses, as you
may deem necessary, to put yourself in communication with the President
of Texas, in order to inform him of your present position and force, and to
learn and to transmit to this office (all confidentially) whether any and
what external dangers may threaten that Government or its people. Should
such danger be found to exist, and appear to be imminent, you will collect
and march the forces above indicated to the Sabine river, but not proceed
beyond the frontier without further instructions, keeping in readiness, in
the case supposed, all necessary means of transportation, as well as ample
stores of subsistence and ammunition.
By these instructions it is not meant to impress upon your mind the belief
that the Government apprehend hostility with any foreign Power.
They are given to you for the purpose of enjoining circumspection and attention
to the condition of your force. I repeat the injunction of confidence,
and the full reliance reposed in your judgment and prudence by the Government.
write under the instructions of the War Department, in consultation
with the General-in-chief.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. JONES, adjutant General.
Brevet Brig. Gen. Z. TAYLOR,
Commanding 1st Mil. Dep., Fort, Jesup, La.
The foregoing are true copies from the records.
R. JONES, adjutant General.
MAYU 14, 1844.
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United States. Congress. Senate. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed, book, 1844; [Washington]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2363/m1/77/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .