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REBELLION RECORD, 1860-61.
122 REBELLION RECORD, 1860-61.
AusTIN, March 6,1861.
To Hon. John C. Robertson, Chairman Committee
of Public Safety:
As a supplement to the preceding report, the
undersigned would state that, having received information
three days before the arrival of the
force under Col. McCulloch, at San Antonio, that
four wagons with arms and fixed ammunition
had been despatched-two via Indianola for Fort
Brown, and two for Fort Mason-a force was immediately
sent in pursuit; the teams on the Indianola
road were overtaken about forty miles,
and those destined for Fort Mason about sixty
miles from San Antonio, the wagons were brought
to that city and their contents deposited in the
Having received information on the evening of
the second inst., that depredations were being
committed on public property at Camp Verde, by
some of the soldiers of Company A, First Infantry,
United States Army, a note was immediately
forwarded to Col. Waite, informing him of the
fact, and that such depredation was considered a
violation of the stipulations entered into between
Gen. Twiggs and the undersigned, and that the
officers and men belonging to any company, committing
any depredations in the future, would be
held personally liable, and requested Col. Waite
to remove the troops from that post without delay.
Capt. Frank Hubert's company of Washington
County volunteers, numbering twenty-five
men, under the command of Lieut. Haynes, then
in San Antonio, were directed to march next
morning at daylight for Camp Verde, and there
remain for the protection of the public property
and buildings until further orders.
The public funds, alluded to in the preceding
report, as being en route from the coast to San
Antonio, were seized by a portion of Capt. Edgar's
Company of Alamo Guards, acting under the orders
of the Commissioners, on the morning of the
fourth inst., and are now in the Alamo buildings
under guard, subject to the action of the Convention.
See report of Commissioners, Exhibit W.
In conclusion, it may be proper to add, that in
view of the uncertainties connected with the attempt
to force the General commanding the Federal
troops in Texas into a surrender of the positions
held by the troops under his command, and
a delivery of the public property under his control
in Texas, without bloodshed
resulting from which no man could foresee-the
city authorities deemed it proper and
necessary to close all places of public resort in
the city of San Antonio, upon the arrival of the
troops under the command of Col. McCulloch,
and during the time the troops raised in the city,
as well as those from other counties, remained
In connection with this subject, it may be added,
that a more orderly body of men, under similar
circumstances, never appeared under arms;
their conduct throughout was of a character well
calculated to reflect the greatest credit upon themselves
and the cause, to uphold which, they had
left their homes and appeared in arms.-All of
which is respectfully submitted. T. J. DEVINE,
On behalf of the Commissioners.
It will thus be seen that all the United States
troops, stationed on the Indian frontier, and the
frontier bordering on Mexico, along the Rio
Grande, have been removed, and are on the line
of march to the Gulf coast The moral of their
presence to prevent Indian depredations having
been destroved, it is thought that the frontier is
in most imminent danger, and they have evidence
of very recent murders in that region.
The Committee believe that the people along
the whole line of the frontier are true and loyal
to the cause of the South, and look with intense
anxiety for the Convention to furnish them with
immediate and prompt protection. Encouraged
and aided by the enemies of Texas, the Indians
will, unless timely assistance be furnished, commit
the most horrid depredations. With the view
of rendering to the frontier this protection, and
that it may be accomplished speedily and efficiently,
as well also to show to the Government
of the Confederate States, of which we hope soon
to become a member, that we are not unmindful
of what is due to our people; and as an indication
to that government of what is expected for our
defence, and particularly to save the lives of our
women and children in that region, the Committee
instruct me to report an Ordinance for the
raising of volunteer forces, which they hope the
Convention will find it expedient to adopt.
I have the honor to remain, very respectfully,
JOHN C. ROBERTSON,
Chairman Committee of Public Safety.
Correspondence between the Commissioners to San
Antonio, Gen. Twiggs and the Military Commission:
SAN ANTONIO, February 8, 1861.
DEAR SIR: In reference to the interview which
the undersigned had with you this morning, in
the presence of Major Nichols, in regard to the
public property and your disposition to keep the
same in its present position until March second,
proximo, the undersigned beg you will be so kind
as to give them, in writing, such statements as you
may deem material and proper on that subject.
With high consideration,
Your obedient servants,
THOMAS J. DEVINE,
SAMUEL A. MAVERICK,
P. N. LVCKETT,
Commissioners on behalf of the Convention of the
People of Texas.
To Major-Gen. D. E. TWIGGS,
Commanding Department of Texas.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS,
SAN ANTONIO, February 9,1861
To Messrs. Thomas J. Devine. Samuel A. Maverick,
and P. N. Luckett, Commissioners on
behalf of the Convention of the People oJ
Texas, San Antonio, Texas:
GENTLEMEN: I am directed by the Commanding
General of the Department, to acknowledge
the receipt of your communication of the eighth
inst., and to inform you, in reply, that he has
this day appointed a military commission to mect
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Sprague, John Titcomb. The treachery in Texas, the secession of Texas, and the arrest of the United States officers and soldiers serving in Texas. Read before the New-York Historical Society, June 25, 1861. By Major J. T. Sprague, U. S. A., book, 1862; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6102/m1/16/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .