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Federalist Wars: Second Phase

to Galveston with his family.[33]  General Huston was in Houston by Saturday, August 19, and on the following Monday evening addressed a large gathering of citizens in the Senate chamber. "We did not hear his speech," declared the editor of the Telegraph, "but we understand from those who were present, that it was received with great applause, . . . and that his views with regard to the present and future military operations of the country were very interesting."[34]  Huston then set out on a tour of the country to campaign for the post of major general of the militia to succeed Thomas J. Rusk. At Washington-on-the-Brazos he declared in a public speech that he had abandoned for the present all idea of offensive operation against Mexico, and stated that if he were elected, he would devote his whole attention to the protection of the frontier and would endeavor to bring to a speedy termination the country's Indian difficulties.[35]

Having made his campaign in Texas, Huston went to Mississippi, where his return to Texas was delayed by repeated attacks of the ague and fever. By early December, however, his health had so improved that he wrote Lamar he expected to start for Texas before January 1. When he did come, he would proceed immediately to Washington, to await the orders of the government, believing, as he said, by the incomplete election returns he had seen reported, that he had been elected major general. "I shall be prepared for action," he declared, "and contemplate spending most of my time on the frontier." He hoped that Congress, then in session, would enact such legislation in respect to the militia as would "render that arm of defence prompt and efficient."[36]

Colonel Ross,[37]  a Virginian and late aide to General Felix Huston,

33. Major James Izod to A[ndrew] Neill [at San Antonio], Houston, May 28, 1839, in Domestic Correspondence (Texas) 1836-1846, ms.

34. Telegraph and Texas Register, Aug. 21, 1839.

35. Colorado Gazette and Advertiser, Sept. 22, 1839.

36. Felix Huston to Mirabeau B. Lamar, Natches, Dec. 9, 1839, in Lamar Papers, V, 332.

37. Colonel Reuben Ross, a native of Virginia, was the nephew of the Reuben Ross who fought in Texas against Spanish authority as a member of the Bernardo Gutiérrez and Augustus Magee expedition of 1812-1813, and who was eventually elected a major under Magee. As a result of barbarous treatment accorded a group of prisoners captured at San Antonio, Ross abandoned the cause with others and fled the country. He later received a grant of land from the Mexican government, but was murdered shortly afterwards in the State of Tamaulipas. His grant was then cancelled by the government and assigned to Dr. John Cameron on

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