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I have not made up my mind to leave the service, and cannot, consistently with honor, submit to be overslaughed under humiliating circumstances, I prefer taking a plain and direct course, to one which would lead to a similar result from the mere force of circumstances. I do this, as I really esteem your character, and know that you must be sensible of the delicacy of my situation. I therefore propose a meeting between us, in as short a period as you can make convenient. My friend Major Ross has authority to make all necessary arrangements. Reiterating my respects and regards, I am Your most obedient, humble servant, Felix Huston. To General A. S. Johnston. General Johnston's reply was as follows: Headquarters camp independence, February 4th. Sir: I have had the honor of receiving your note of this evening. After reciprocating the sentiments of respect and esteem which you have been pleased to express toward me, it only remains to accord to you the meeting proposed.
raction. This decisive treatment led to a short but bloody struggle with the Comanches, ending in their severe chastisement and in comparative security to the harassed frontier. In May, 1839, Charles Mason, Assistant Secretary of War, writing to General Johnston, says: Colonel Karnes gives a deplorable account of the west; and I believe thinks, of the two, the marauding parties of the Americans are worse than the Mexicans or Indians. This, of course, will be relieved by the command of Captain Ross. While the brigands were readily put down, the prairie warriors called for more vigorous measures of repression. The Comanches, the fiercest and most cruel of the savage tribes, take no adult male prisoners, and subject captive women to every hardship and outrage. They are not excelled in the world as horsemen, and such is their skill with the bow that they can shoot their arrows unerringly and more rapidly than a dragoon can discharge his revolver. The Lipans probably belong to th
as a garrison to the fort — in all, some 700 or 800 strong. The heavy artillery was served by details from the infantry regiments Bidwell's company of the Thirtieth Tennessee, and Beaumont's of the Fiftieth Tennessee. and light artillery. Ross's company, 116 strong. Captain Stankiewitz had about twenty-five men in the field-work, with some light pieces. Forrest commanded all the cavalry-his own regiment, Gantt's Tennessee Battalion, and three or four small companies-altogether 800 or rom Tennessee, commanded the garrison. It was in bad plight from cold, hunger, and protracted watching, but was resolute in spirit. Captain Culbertson, a West Point graduate, commanded the artillery after the death of Dixon. Under him were Captains Ross, Bidwell, and Beaumont, who commanded the batteries. Stankiewitz, a gallant Pole, had two six-pounders and an eight-inch howitzer on the hill. They held their fire, under Pillow's orders, until the boats came within about 1,000 yards; then,