hands of the Committee, and it was authorized to remain to execute this
sacred trust; its members with one exception are more than fifty years
of age—and their past official conduct deserves your confidence &
The entire number of woman [sic] and children remaining upon the Island
is about eighteen hundred, of these, a portion are under Foreign protection,
very many were without money or means of removal, and transportation
for themselves and effects from their homes could not be procured for
them; others were sick, several hundred were destitute families of
soldiers. Some had their little homes and could manage to subsist upon
the vegetables in their gardens and the milk of their goats[.] [I]f taken
to the Country they would be houseless and helpless. Once before
it was thought advisable for them to remove, [and] they did so. Many fam-
ilies were attacked with the fevers of the Country, and buried
some of their loved ones out of their sight; such, disspirited pre-
ferred to remain, and if need be to die under their own roof-
trees rather than again to experiment with pareperious [?] and death
by leaving for the interior.
Proper official report will be
forwarded to the Adjutant General office at Austin.
Philip C. Tucker
Major & Adjutant & Ins Genl 1st Brigade T. Side [?]
Philip C. Tucker to Governor Francis R. Lubbock, October 22, 1862. Records of Governor Francis R. Lubbock, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.