Triumph and Tragedy: Presidents of the Republic of Texas

Company A, First Regiment of Artillery to Sam Houston,
June 11, 1837

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Company A to Sam Houston, June 1837

 

Officers at this Post. The forgoing are the acts generally of those
whom we hope have acted not from an intention to in-
jure us, but from misrepresentations and partial statem-
ents: but the following are the acts of Captain Clendenin.
In the first place Capt C. has repeatedly shown to men
of his company, his total want of confidence in them, as
well as the officers under him, both Commissioned and non-
Commissioned by his conduct and expresion [sic] to, and about
them: he expressed to his 1st Sergeant his want of confidence
in his Lieutenants, and at the same time was as often as
posible [sic] on board vesels [sic] coming in this port and frequently
not returning untill [sic] 12 or 1 o’clock at night—and then intoxic-
ated, where at one Time he returned from a vesel [sic] intoxicated
When on of his company—a Taylor [tailor]—presenting an account for
work done for him and for which he promised pay. [H]e
ordered him to be put in Irons where he kept him some time.
Second: He by his example broke the way for a disobedience
of orders by disobeying the order with regard to evening
parades and drills, never having attended evening para-
de but once since his stay on the Island—and when the
order was read to him by his sergeant (Agnew) He said
it was as he pleased. Third: He the said Cr has frequen-
tly embezled [sic] public property and apropreating [sic] it to his
own uses[,] this was the case with flanel [sic] which was got for
cartridges[,] and giving powder to sundry citizens to shoot
at marks and other petty uses. Fourth: Buying clothes
for him self with script belong to E Barnes, a private
in his company, late deceased. Fifth useing [sic] insulting
language with regard to his company as well as all soldiers
saying no gentleman would be a soldier, and no soldier
is a Gentleman. Sixth: Entertaining men—not officers or
Soldiers on Government provisions, and repeatedly harrassing [sic]
men to afford amusement to his Guests[.]

Captain Clendenen has raised reports stating that he was re-
peatedly fired at by Soldiers—he was not fired at or even the
slightest insult offered him[.]

These are partily [partially] what has drove us to the state
we are now in, and could it be otherwise expected
that men, who have left their families—their homes and

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Company A, First Regiment of Artillery to Sam Houston, June 11, 1837. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #1179, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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