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Mexico (Mexico, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 11
al discrepancy between his opinion of the propriety of employing a larger attacking army against Mexico, and his own willingness at an earlier period to invade that country with a force so much inferithe former instance, the Texans were to act as auxiliaries of one of the two parties into which Mexico was almost equally divided. General Johnston so rarely indulged in personal criticism that his plendid side. General Johnston, writing in regard to a kinsman, who had volunteered to go to Mexico, says: It is a game upon which there is, in his case, too much staked. The die, however, or even interrupted, the army is in danger. How far this applies to the condition of things in Mexico I do not know, or from what jeopardy the heroism of our troops can extricate themselves-we beliend obscurity in which I have lived accounts for your not having heard from me. On my return from Mexico after the campaign of Monterey, I found that all the proceeds of the Louisville property would s
Galveston (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
Chapter 10: plantation-life. Reception at Galveston. reasons for retiring from the army. generosity to the writer. his plantation, China Grove. Texas coast scenery. game. his family. occupation. manual labor. Warren D. C. Hall. xpected conduct. letter on office-seeking. finally appointed a paymaster in the army. General Johnston returned to Galveston in October, and was received with enthusiasm by its citizens, with whom he was always a favorite. A public dinner was ral Hamilton occasionally. Colonel Samuel M. Williams wrote him, when his fortunes were lowest, to draw on his bank at Galveston according to his necessities. Hancock, Preston, Burnley, and some others, retained their interest, and manifested it as. I told him you would not have it. He said then, if Reynolds resigned, he intended to offer you the collectorship of Galveston. I told him you would not have it. Then, said he, I shall offer him a paymaster's place in the army. Not knowing your
Texas (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
, although, in view of the large immigration of planters to Texas, he had just grounds for believing this plan feasible, he wather drinking claret at a guinea a bottle! After I left Texas my father wrote me: Old John has greatly lamented your absete here that, when General Johnston was Secretary of War of Texas in 1839, Admiral Baudin, of the French Navy, then visiting Texas on diplomatic business, was pleased to express great esteem for General Johnston, and tendered him an appointment for hhoroughly vanquished by its opposition to the annexation of Texas and its adhesion to a narrow commercial policy, was seekingolitical struggles as indecorous; and, after his removal to Texas, his position had either been similar, or circumstances pred kindly after you. I told him you were struggling along in Texas. He remarked that it was no place for you, and observed, I General Taylor intended to offer you the marshalship of Texas. I told him you would not have it. He said then, if Reynol
Monterey (California, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
lustration. He was fond of physical science, and Mrs. Somerville and Sir Charles Lyell were favorites with him. But, at the time of which I speak, his chief literary delight was a translation of Herodotus. He was the first to impress upon me the veracity of the Old Historian, and to point out the care with which he discriminated between what he saw, what he heard, and what he surmised or inferred. While I was with him, a report came that his friend, Colonel Jason Rogers, commanding at Monterey, was cooped up in the Black Fort, with a small garrison — the Louisville Legion — by an overwhelming force of Mexicans, to whom he must surrender. Hie said to me: They don't know Rogers, if they think he will surrender. He will hold the citadel to the last man, and then blow it up, before he will surrender. But I am glad he is there. He will beat the Mexicans, and has now a chance to win renown. Unfortunately, the Mexicans did not make the attempt. When the battle of Buena Vista wa
Canadian (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
as no lack of the larger game. On the prairie grazed long lines of deer, marshaled like the open files of a cavalry brigade; and in the woods a fat bear was a frequent victim. Panthers and wild-cats were often met with. I remember my father's shooting a wild-goose feeding on the prairie at the measured distance of 140 yards. Though shot through the liver with a half-ounce ball, it rose and flew several hundred yards. In a healed wound were found several long slugs, which he recognized as Canadian in manufacture. On another occasion, seeing three wild-turkeys approaching him en echelon, he waited till he had them all in range, when he fired. A twenty-pound gobbler dropped, one flew off, and the third escaped, evidently wounded. An hour later Colonel Hall came over, and mentioned that a wounded wild-turkey had run into his blacksmithshop at full speed and dropped dead. It ran half a mile after being shot entirely through. General Johnston took pleasure in observing the habits
Austin (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
and spheres of action. What you say, replied General Johnston, seems very plausible, but self-love forbids me to agree with you. I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered the harvest. The spade, the hoe, the plough, and the axe, are familiar to my hands, and that not for recreation, but for bread. He had but one near neighbor, Colonel Warren D. C. Hall, who, with his wife, rendered General Johnston's family every friendly office that kind hearts could suggest. Colonel Hall was one of Austin's colonists, and prominent in the earlier conflicts of the revolutionary struggle. He was elderly, and had not been fortunate; so that his large estate was laboring under embarrassments, from which I believe it was subsequently relieved. He was a bold, warm-hearted, hospitable planter. He and his wife were childless, but their affections went out to cheer all about them. As almost the only family that General and Mrs. Johnston saw in their years of plantation-life, this notice seems to m
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 11
n of the soldiery to the cause of the country serve for an illustration. Remember the last 22d and 23d; the day had its inspiration. The battle of Buena Vista was fought February 22 and 23, 1847. There is a holy inspiration in the memory of Washington's great services that would make any American willingly risk the sacrifice of his life in emulation of them. You ought not, therefore, to be discouraged. Your subject will find sympathy in the minds and hearts of your audience if they be Amert to conceal it as they may, a new and great party has arisen, which, like the rod of Aaron, has swallowed up all the others. A. S. Johnston. Dear General: Burnley informed me he had seen you; and showed me a letter the day he started for Washington, that he had just received from you, giving him the reasons why you could receive no office from General Taylor. I had some time before received one of a similar kind, and had followed your injunction that no application should be made to Gene
Monterrey (Nuevo Leon, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 11
standing everything opposing, have added the greatest lustre to our arms. The following testimonial to the great abilities and solid character of the hero of Monterey and Buena Vista is inserted as one soldier's estimate of another, whom he had known under trying and widely varying circumstances: August 3, 1847. Dear Prestsays: The life of seclusion and obscurity in which I have lived accounts for your not having heard from me. On my return from Mexico after the campaign of Monterey, I found that all the proceeds of the Louisville property would scarcely suffice for the education of Will and his sister, and that it was necessary to go to worost obtuse felt that without some new and more popular name the fate of the Whig party was sealed; and presently attention was turned to the victor of Resaca and Monterey. General Taylor promptly and bluntly put aside the glittering temptation; but the over-astute policy of the Government in its further employment of him gave col
Brazoria County (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
is moral plane, from which an unworthy act would hopelessly banish them. When I went to Brazoria County I was a lad of sixteen, with health and strength somewhat impaired by too rapid growth, and father. There are in it some old-fashioned lessons of patriotism that will bear revival: Brazoria County, January 4, 1848. I have the opportunity, my dear Will, of writing a few lines to you, ad you perceive I use my privilege. Your affectionate father, A. Sidney Johnston. Brazoria County, Texas, December 11, 1848. my dear will: Your last letter, giving renewed assurance of the sany important points, its standard of the world. While General Johnston was planting in Brazoria County, a political revolution occurred which again changed the current of his fate. The Whig parller explanation of the foregoing statements, the following letters are now introduced: Brazoria County, Texas, December 2, 1848. Dear Hancock: Your letter of the 10th November has been received,
Vera Cruz (Veracruz, Mexico) (search for this): chapter 11
The United States can play a sure game. It is therefore foolishness to run the risks they have done from the beginning of the war. The magnitude of the object is now apparent, though it was not in the beginning. Let the means be adequate to the object, a proposition perfectly simple, and comprehended and acted upon by all who can. Let the Government in this matter imitate the conduct of men in private life. No sensible citizen believes that less than 50,000 men ought to invade by way of Vera Cruz. With a less number the operations will be tardy and expensive. Your friend, A. Sidney Johnston. While the writer is aware that on some accounts a summary of incidents and opinions is preferable to the method by which a man's life is exhibited in his letters, yet there are also cogent reasons why in this case as much as possible of the record should be presented in General Johnston's own language. Drusus wished so to live that all his actions might be open to the eyes of all me
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