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cognise the right of Texas to claim any portion
of the funds in the hands of the disbursing officers.
In this view of the case, I am confirmed
by the most positive assurance of Gen. Twiggs,
that he has not at any time, or in any way, consented
to the transfer of the public funds to the
State of Texas.
I am, gentlemen, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
C. A. WAITE,
Colonel U. S. A. Commanding the Department.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS,
SAN ANTONIO, March 2,1861.
To Messrs. Thomas J. Devine, P. N. Luckett,
Samuel A. Maverick, Commissioners on behalf
of Committee on Public Safety, San Antonio:
GENTLEMEN: I here repeat in writing the substance
of the remarks made verbally to you yesterday,
with respect to the funds on hand, the existing
debts of the United States Quartermaster's
Department, and those which may accrue during
the stay of the United States troops within the
limits of the State of Texas.
That I will exert the full extent of my authority
to cause to be paid to the citizens of Texas,
all just demands they may hold against the United
States, pertaining to the Quartermaster's Department,
or that may hereafter be contracted by said
Department, so far as the funds on hand will permit;
and, further, that it having been ascertained
that the available funds on hand are not sufficient
to liquidate the present outstanding demands, I
will cause an estimate to be made for such further
sums as may be deemed sufficient-it being understood
and agreed to by said Commissioners, that
such sums as may be necessary for the hire of teamsters,
lighters, the purchase and delivery of forage,
fuel, and other supplies, and to meet all the
expenditures necessary for a "regular and comfortable
movement" of the troops on their march
from their present stations to the coast, and to
enable them to embark, shall be retained and
held subject to such expenditures.
I am, gentlemen, very respectfully
Your obedient servant,
C. A. WAITE,
Col. Com'g Dept. Texas--Col. U. S. A. Comm. Dept.
Approved by the undersigned Commissioners
on behalf of the Committee of Public Safety.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TEXAS, 1
SAN ANTONIO, February 25, 1861.
SIR: As some of the companies in the Department
have already evacuated their posts, deeming
the requirements of General Orders No. Five
immediate, the Department Commander calls the
attention of Post Commanders to the condition as
therein expressed, viz.: "As soon as the necessary
preparations can be made." The "necessary
preparations" will be made at these Headquarters,
and no troops will be put in motion until orders
for such purposes shall be issued from the
Should, however, any of the companies within
this command have left their stations, and be
found, on receipt of these instructions, on the
march for the coast, they will not consider the
above requirements as operative upon them, but
will continue their line of march.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
U. A. NICHOLS,
Copy of circular addressed to Post Commanders.
For the State Commissioners, etc., San Antonio,
OFFICE OF COMMISSIONERS, ?
SAN ANTONIO, March 2, 1861.
To Colonel C. A. Waite, U. S. A., Commanding
Department of Texas:
SIR: We are credibly informed that after the
departure of Capt. Macklin's company, from Camp
Verde, the soldiers of Company A, First infantry,
burned up a chest of saddler's tools, belonging to
the Federal Government, left by Capt. Brackett,
to be placed in the quartermaster's store. Five
days after, on the night of the return of that company
to Camp Verde, the men broke into the
hospital, and after consuming the liquor, destroyed
all they could not conveniently appropriate
to their own use; the night after, they broke
into the carpenter's shop, and destroyed everything
that was not appropriated by them to their
We desire to call your attention to this trans.
action, as it is not in the spirit or according to
the letter of the agreement between Gen. Twiggs
and the undersigned. We have to request that
this company be removed, as soon as possible.
from Camp Verde. The officers and men of Comnpany
A will be held liable for any destruction of
property, or other outrage, which they may fail
to prevent or be guilty of.
We remain, respectfully, etc., etc.,
THOMAS J. DEVINE,
S. A. MAVERICK,
P. N. LUCKETT,
Commissioners on behalf of the Com. of Public Safety.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, March 2,1861.
We, the Commissioners on behalf of the Committee
on Public Safety, will place at the disposal
of the commanding officer of the troops in Texas,
such means of transportation as are at our command,
to be used by said troops in transporting
their baggage, provisions, forage, and other sup-HEADQUARTERS, SAN ANTOmIO
plies, to such points on the coast as have been TEXAS, March 2, 1861. f
sel cted for embarkation. To the Commissioners:
THOMAS J. DEvINE, SIRS: I have the honor to report, that:
S. A. MAVERICK, 1. Lieut. S. W. McCallister, of Capt. Jordon's
P. N. LUCKETT, company, with one sergeant, one corporal, and
Commissioners on behalf of Com. of Public Safety. eighteen privates, are en route for Fort Davis.
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