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Mexican Threats and Texan Military

by decree extended the order of July 16 (opening the port of Matamoros to provisions for the army) to all ports of the north where forces were being assembled for another Texas campaign.[65]  At the same time a commissary department was ordered to be set up for the expeditionary force to Texas.[66]  A manifiesto issued at Matamoros on October 16 by the officers of the Mexican army, including the commander in chief, Juan V. Amador, and Major General Woll, affirmed their loyalty to the government and stated their unanimous desire to renew the Texas campaign, once Santa Anna had been ransomed or released.[67] 

Upon the receipt of Huston's communication, President Houston, through his Acting Secretary of War, William G. Cooke, issued a general order on November 30 for the immediate organization of the militia and for each militiaman to provide himself at once with a sound horse, a good rifle or gun, and one hundred rounds of ammunition. The plan of organization required each company to consist of fifty-six men, rank and file, with one captain, one first, and one second lieutenant.[68]  On December 6 a new militia law was approved by the President.[69] 

Again there was great excitement in the country. From New Orleans it was reported that one hundred men had enrolled for two years (or for the duration of the war) as a part of General Memucan Hunt's brigade and were about to leave for Texas.[70]  Because there were, at that time, so many unauthorized persons in Texas and in the United States wearing the uniform and insignia of the army and navy of Texas and having "by their licentious and unprincipled conduct, and many

65. José Justo Corro, [Decree of José Justo Corro, Presidente ad interim, dated July 16, 1836, is extended to all the ports at the north occupied by the expeditionary forces against Texas], Mexico, Octubre 15 de 1836.

66. José Justo Corro, [Decree of José Justo Corro, President ad interim, promulgated October 15, 1836, by Alas, Secretary of the Treasury, establishing a commissary department for the army now proceeding to Texas], México a 15 de Octubre de 1836, broadside.

67. Juan V. Amador and Others, Manifiesto del ejército que ha operado contra los téjanos á la nación méjicana. [Dated and signed at end:] Cuartel General en Matamoros, Octubre 16 de 1836. El General en Gefe, Juan V. Amador. El Mayor General, Adrián Woll [and twenty-three others], broadside.

68. General Orders, Columbia, November 30, 1836, signed by William G. Cooke, Acting Secretary of War, and by E. Morehouse, Adjutant General, in Telegraph and Texas Register, Nov. 30 and Dec. 27, 1836.

69. See this work, p. 38.

70. Telegraph and Texas Register, Dec. 9, 1836.

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AFTER SAN JACINTO: The Texas-Mexican Frontier, 1836-1841
Joseph Milton Nance, 1963