by blood and tears, they have won!
One might feel indignant at the injustice which deals out what is called fame with so unequal a hand, were it not for the reflection that men who are competent to add to the intellectual wealth of the world, and enlarge the domain of knowledge, have learned to take popular applause at its true value, and to find in the faithful discharge of honorable duty a satisfaction which is its own reward.
After his duties upon Captain Marcy
's expedition had ceased, Captain McClellan
was ordered to Texas
as chief engineer on the staff of General P. F. Smith
lie sailed from New Orleans, accompanying General Smith
, August 29, and arrived at Galveston
on the 31st.
In a letter to his brother, dated September 3, he says, “Galveston
is probably the prettiest and most pleasant town in Texas
It is built on a perfectly level island, which forms a portion of the harbor, and near the point.
The houses are all of frame, with piazzas, and very pretty and neat: all are surrounded with shrubbery.
They have there the most beautiful oleanders I ever saw: they, with many other flowers, the banana, china-tree, orange, lemon, palm, &c. &c., present, you may imagine, a charming relief to the monotony of the level site.
There is almost always a fine breeze and an elegant surf.
The roads were excellent when we were there, on account of the frequent rains, which pack them down.”
he accompanied General Smith
in a tour of military inspection, visiting Indianola