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tjve of Georgia. While Latitte occupied
Galveston, the three brothers, James, Rezin
P. and John, engaged in buying negroes of
Lafitte's men, conducting them through the
swamps of Louisiana for sale. They are said
to have made $65,000 by this traffic. James
Bowie was connected with Long's expedition
in 1819. In October, 1830, he became a
naturalized citizen of Saltillo, and soon after
married a daughter of Vice Governor Veramendi,
of San Antonio de Bejar. November
2, 1831, he fought a remarkable battle with
Indians on the San Saba river, in which, with
his brother Rezin, line other Americans and
two negroes, he defeated 164 Tehuacanas and
Caddoes, the Indians losing nearly half their
number, while the Anglo-Texans had only
one man killed and three wounded! When
hostilities broke out he attached himself to
the Texan cause. A county in this State is
named in his honor.
REZIN (or RAZIN) P. BOWIE, first made a
new style of knife, which was used in coinbat
by his brother, Colonel James Bowie,
and it has since been improved upon from
tine to time by cutlers and dealers.
STEPHEN M. BLOUNT, who was in 1888 the
oldest living survivor of the signers of the
declaration of Texan independence, was a native
of Georgia, born February 13, 1808, and
moved to Texas in July, 1835, settling at
San Augustine. In 1836 he was elected a
member of the convention that declared the
independence of Texas, and nominated General
Houston for commander-in-chief of the
Texan forces. Blount was a close personal
friend of Houston, whom he always afterward
regarded as a grand man. In 1837
Blount was elected clerk of San Augustine
county, and held that position fou$ years.
His whole life has been one of activity.
Prior to his emigration to Texas he served in
several official capacities in his native State.
He was colonel of the Eighth Regiment of
Georgia militia, and was aide-de-camp to
military generals in 1832-'34.
COLONEL JAMES W. FANNIN participated in
the battle of Conception in October, 1835;
was stationed in command at Velasco directly
afterward; appointed military agent early in
1846 to raise and concentrate all volunteers
who were willing to take part in an expedition
against Matamoras; assisted in the defence
of Goliad early in 1837, but made a
fatal mistake and was defeated. He was a
brave and intrepid officer, but somewhat
deficient in caution. He was inclined to
underestimate the force of the Mexicans,
was with his men taken prisoners, and as
such massacred, with over 300 others
MIRABEAU B. LAMAR was appointed secretary
of war in 1836 for the new republic, and
as such was strongly opposed to entering
into negotiations with Santa Anna; was appointed
major general of the Texan army, in
1836, but his hasty advice caused him to be
unpopular among his men, and he was induced
to retire; was the same year elected
vics-president of the republic; was left in
command of the general government by
President Houston, who left the executive
office for the seat of war; elected president
in 1838; advised in his inaugural address
"extermination or extinction" of the Indians;
encouraged the Santa Fe expedition, which
proved so disastrous; and on the whole he wag
a rather unfortunate "statesman." His administration
as governor, etc., was extravagant
financially, and many of his measures
JOSE ANTONIO NAVARRO, in whose honor
Navarro county was named, was born in San
Antonio de Bejar, February 27, 1795, his
father being a native of Corsica and an offi
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