Wood to the Texas Senate, November 30, 1849

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Executive Office


November 30 1849

Gentlemen of the Senate

The Executive has the


honor to acknowledge the receipt of a resolu


tion of your Honorable body requesting him


to inform the Senate under what law or author


ity he ordered into the service of the State


the two companies of troops referred to in


his message and his reason for so doing.

In reply he has the honor to say that in


May last information of a most reliable


character was received by him that the


country around Corpus Christi and between


that place and the Rio Grande was infested


by large bodies of hostile Indians who were


committing almost daily extensive depredations


and frequent murders upon the citizens of


that portion of our state. The enterprising


pioneers who were attempting to form settle


ments in that quarter were not only interrupted


in their employment, but driven for safety


into the neighboring towns in many instances


compelled to abandon their burning homes


and every thing they possessed.

It was at the same time known to the


Executive that several companies of United


States troops, principally infantry and artillery,


were stationed on the Rio Grande, but it


was equally well known to him that this


force either from its injudicious disposition


or from a want of adaptability had proved


itself utterly inadequate or unfit for the


purposes of protection. That such was the


fact was neither the fault of the officers


or men who composed the force, it arose

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Wood to the Texas Senate, November 30, 1849, Records of George Tyler Wood, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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