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ERA OF FILIBUSTERS.
into a compact to effect this purpose. They gained sup-
port from three classes--the Mexicans who lived in
Texas, the free-booters of the Neutral Ground, and the
Preparations.-Resigning his commission in the Uni-
ted States army (June, 1812), Magee went to New Orleans
to obtain supplies and men. Nor were men hard to ob-
tain, for then, as now" the youth of our land were ready
to enter upon any hazardous undertaking. Each volun-
teer was promised forty dollars per month and a league
of land. G-utierres gathered his forces, and gave them
the name of the "Republican Army of the North." Of the
combined troops, Gutierres was selected leader,* though
Magee was really the ruling spirit.
Many of the bravest volunteers were young Americans,
while the great majority of the officers were also Amer-
icans. Magee was made colonel, and Kemper was selected
as major. As to the number of men in the expedition
authorities differ; it ranges from three hundred to seven
Scenes at Goliad.-Entering Texas (October, 1812),
the little army swept all before them till they came to
Goliad or La Bahia. They easily took the fort, captur-
* Magee himself strongly urged the placing of Gutierres in command. This
was done to draw into the expedition the Mexican Republicans (those who
favored Mexico freeing herself from Spain.) Among these men Gutierres, who
had already suffered much for the cause of Mexican liberty, possessed great influ-
ence, while Magee was comparatively unknown.
t When it is remembered that at this time the United States was at war with
England, and Mexico was in the midst of revolutions, it will not seem strange that
the history of these expeditions was not more accurately compiled. Greater events
engrossed public attention,
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/51/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .