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. Page: 18 of 36
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REBELLION RECORD, 1860-61.
everything shall remain in statu quo until the
second of March next; provided, that the General 2
commanding the Department shall not receive
orders from higher authority than himself to remove
the troops from Texas, or find it necessary
to resist the inroads of marauding parties of Indians,
the enemies of Texas and of our common c
country, or attacks upon the troops or military a
posts in Texas, by irresponsible parties coming b
'rom any quarter whatever. t
With regard to your second proposition, it is a
hereby agreed, that no movement or change of t
position of the troops shall take place, unless the a
Commanding General shall find it necessary to t
act under the contingencies mentioned in the next t
preceding answer. a
To the third question we reply, that as it is i
not the intention of the Commanding General to I
dispose of, or to place out of the reach of the c
authorities of Texas, any of the property other
wise than to meet with it the common wants of
the military service, so do we agree to your proposition.
And to your last inquiry we have to remark,
that a compliance with the demands of Texas,
whether made through you or other Commissioners,
appointed for the purpose, will be yielded
under the following conditions, viz.: That the
moneys in the hands of disbursing officers being
out of the control of the Commanding General,
and considered as peculiarly a matter of individual
accountability to the Treasury of the United
States by those officers, involving the responsibility
of their bondsmen, and being necessary for
the payment of the troops and debts already contracted
in Texas, they will not be relinquished on
the demand of Texas. That the troops now in
the Department of Texas shall retain their legitimate
arms in possession, and march out of Texas
with them; the requisite ammunition, clothing,
and camp and garrison equipage, quartermaster's
stores, subsistence, medical and hospital stores,
and such means of transportation of every kind as
may be necessary for an efficient and orderly movement
of the troops from Texas, prepared for attack
or defence against aggression from any source.
That the officers of the General Staff at Department
headquarters, their families and movable
property, shall be transported in their egress from
Texas, by the public means now at this dep6t,
which means shall be retained for that purpose;
and when such service shall have been performed,
the said means shall be surrendered to the regularly
authorized persons to receive them. That
all property delivered up to the authorities of
Texas, under the foregoing stipulations, shall be
receipted for by agents appointed by said authorities.
We are, gentlemerl, very respectfully your obedient
servants, D. H. VINTON,
Major and Quartermaster.
Paymaster U. S. Army.
R. H. K. WHITELEY,
Captain of Ordnance.
SAN ANTONIO, February 14,1861.
l[ajor D. H. Vinton, .Major Sackfield Macklin,
Capt. R. H.. K. Whiteley, Military Commission
acting on behalf of Major
Gen. D. E. Twiggs:
GENTLEMEN: The undersigned Commissioners
)n behalf of the Convention of the State of Texas.
icting through the Committee of Public Safety,
have had the honor to receive your communica,ion
of the thirteenth inst., while in conference,
Ind have the honor to reply to the answers conained
in your note as follows: We are unable to
accept as satisfactory your answer to that question
in our note of the eleventh instant, relating to
;he movement or position of the troops in Texas,
as your reply, by a reasonable construction of
ts language, if not in express terms, asserts the
right and intention of the General in command
of the Department of Texas, to make any movement
by the troops that may be ordered by an
authority higher than himself. The question is
consequently left unanswered as far as relates to
the object which the undersigned had in view in
presenting this question for consideration, which
object was fully set forth in the conference of the
eleventh inst. If the question be considered as
answered by your reply to it, then the undersigned
are constrained to consider it as a substantial
denial of their demand on that subject.
The non-acceptance of the terms contained in
your second answer, rests upon the same reasons
as those set forth in reply to your first answer.
The third answer is as the undersigned had reason
to believe it would be, and is accepted.
The terms embraced in your reply to our last
inquiry, are accepted, with the following conditions:
First, that all moneys in Texas, for the
payment of troops, or the liquidation of debts of
every description, incurred on behalf of the Federal
Government, shall be considered applicable
to those purposes, and be turned over to the
Commissioners for their disposal accordingly, and
guarantees will be given by the undersigned, for
the prompt payment of the same, and all funds in
Texas, held for the Federal Government, not included
in the above exception, shall be given up
and receipted for by the undersigned. That portion
of the last answer is accepted, which claims the retention
by the troops in Texas of their arms and
clothing, camp and garrison equipage, quartermaster's
stores, subsistence, medical and hospital stores, I
and such means of transportation of every kind,
as may be necessary for an efficient and orderly i
movement of the troops from Texas, prepared for'
attack or defence fronl any source; provided the.
troops shall march to the coast, in detachments of
not more than two hundred, each detachment to:
be at least three days' march apart; and upon arriving
at the point or points of embarkation, the.
teams or means of transportation, with the artillery,
(if any be taken by the troops,) shall be delivered.
up to the agent appointed to receive and receipt:
for the same. The remaining portion of the last
answer, relating to the means of transportation,
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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/m1/18/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .