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To Colonel Rusk, in the field :
This morning' we are in preparation to meet Santa Anna. It is the only chance of saving Texas. From time to time I have looked for reinforcements in vain. The Convention's adjourning to Harrisburg struck terror through the country. Texas could have started at least four thousand men. We will be only about seven hundred to march, besides the camp guard. But we go to conquest. It is wisdom growing out of necessity to meet and fight the enemy now. Every consideration enforces it. The troops are in fine spirits, and now is the time for action. We will use our best efforts to fight the enemy to such advantage as will insure victory, though the odds are greatly against us. I leave the result in the hands of an all-wise God, and I rely confidently upon His providence. My country will do justice to those who serve her. The right for which we fight will be secured, and Texas shall be free.
Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief.
(Certified copy from the Department of War of the Republic of Texas.)
- Sam Houston
- Life and Select Literary Remains of Sam Houston, of Texas. Two Vols. in One. William Carey Crane, D.D.,Ll.D., 1884.