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Headquarters, Camp West of Brazos, Thursday, March 31, 1836:

Dear Fellow Texians,

General Houston has decided to remain at this place in order to receive reinforcements and supplies. He has written Rusk, Secretary of War, requesting flour, sugar and coffee, on packhorses. Wagons could not make the trip with any speed. Rumors are threatening our very survival. The rumors spread by deserters have the country in great turmoil. The rumors of troops arriving for reinforcement, but never arriving, have us in an anxious state. Rumors that the enemy had crossed the Colorado caused the citizens of San Felipe two nights since, to set fire to their town and reduced it to ashes. Houston denies ordering such an act. General Houston has issued a message directly to the people of the country in order to ease the panic and to clarify rumors.

Spies, I believe including Deaf Smith, arrived this afternoon at four o’clock and reported the enemy, only 800 to 1,000 men strong, are now within a few miles of San Felipe. They have only 30 cavalry and can be easily whipped, if confronted. We have somewhere between seven and eight hundred effective men that can provide the challenge.

The continued rain is a test to our constitution. Discourage all negative remarks you encounter. Houston would have fought at the Colorado, in fact, that was his plan for March 27th, but the report of Fannin’s capture and the report of reinforcements to the enemy, caused our retreat. Our time will come, and we will be victorious. Encourage all volunteers to quickly arrive at this place. Supply ships with provisions to our ports, but direct that they should come by packhorse, not wagons to our camp. The weather and roads are the worse I have every seen.

Respectfully yours, An Observer and aide-de-camp

Meanwhile the Mexican Army: Commander-in-Chief General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna left Bexar by carriage with troops marching to San Felipe to join Generals Sesma and Tolsa. Santa Anna had wanted to return to Mexico City but his subordinates persuaded him to lead the Mexican army to an apparent easy victory over the rebel Texians. Generals Sesma and Tolsa are waiting at the Colorado for Santa Anna’s arrival before marching to San Felipe. General Gaona’s situation is unknown. General Urrea leaves Victoria and camps on the Arenosa River.

The Interim Government: Warm weather, almost summer like. Cabinet still working on the loan contract, modifications being offered.

Route of the Twin Sisters: Twin Sisters are still at Brazoria. Capt. J. M. Smith received contradictory orders from Quartermaster-General Colonel Almanzon Huston that all items of arms and provision are to be sent to Galveston Island, which included the Twin Sisters. Being outranked, Capt. Smith decided to march his men back to Houston’s camp without the guns.

View a map showing the location of the armies

MARCH is Texas History Month

Have you seen the markers we have here in Harris County?

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by Jim Fisher

The Harris County Historical Commission’s Marker Inventory Committee is responsible for tracking and identifying historical markers, monuments and designated historic properties in Harris County. The HCHC committee’s goal is to assemble a definitive listing for all such markers, monuments and sites. This inventory includes official Texas Historical Commission (THC) markers and historic cemeteries, as well as monuments and markers erected by other civic organizations. While the HCHC is not responsible for other organizational monuments and markers, it can assist the public by providing information about them and/or directing them to the proper custodian when requested. It should be noted that most of these non-THC markers pre-date the State of Texas’ establishment of an official marker system in the 1930’s. This formal inventory has been under continuous development for over a decade. Each site is visited and documented by the committee’s volunteers, to include GPS readings, site photos, etc. This information is then recorded in a database which allows the committee chair to analyze and report the entire inventory by a wide range of identifiers. The committee also keeps track of markers that have been damaged/restored, placed in storage, or rescinded. With information provided by the HCHC Marker Committee, new marker applications are tracked by this committee as they move from submission to the THC, to installation and dedication. These ‘in the pipeline’ markers are reported to the full HCHC commission at each quarterly meeting. This on-going process has resulted in the identification and recording of many markers and monuments not previously documented by this commission. The Marker Inventory Committee has now cataloged a total of 69 “other organizational” inventory entries. This includes the identification of the oldest existing marker in the county, the 1908 “In Memory of Alexander Hodge” monument in Houston’s Sam Houston Park. Over the last six years, through the addition of new Texas Historical Commission and Harris County markers, the documentation of Historic Texas Cemeteries, and the identification of community Sesquicentennial markers, this section of the inventory has grown by 112 entries. The THC inventory now totals 491 entries. The total number of entries in the HCHC database has grown by approximately 25% during this period.


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