August 14, 1845



Army Orders. — We learn that the companies of the 7th Infantry stationed at the forts near Pensacola (Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens and Fort McCrae), as well as the two companies at Pass Christian, have been ordered to hold themselves in readiness to move at a moment’s notice, to join the troops already in Texas.


Orders have been received at Fort Morgan, which commands the entrance to Mobile Bay, to replace the guns now mounted there with others of heavier metal.  The Bee complains that “with war staring us in the face, there is not a sufficient number of troops within its walls to mount a corporal’s guard.”


The barque William Ivy and the schooner Mary Wilkes sailed last evening for Aransas, with the troops which arrived here on Saturday last, 9th inst., from Fort Scott and Jefferson barracks, Mo., under command of Major graham.


Texas — Important. — The editor of the Van Buren (Arks.) Intelligencer says, in his paper of the 2d inst., that he has been placed in possession of certain items of Texan news through the politeness of Mr. Gregg, of Marshall, Harrison county, Texas.  Among these items we find the following:

The Dragoons that were ordered into Texas were rendezvoused near Nacogdoches, waiting for the employment of wagons and the engagement of supplies necessary for their consumption, we understand have been ordered immediately to Austin by forced marches, and much excitement was created in Harrison county by the movement; as the orders were not accompanied with any assigned cause for the movement, and many feared that the Camanches might have threatened a descent upon that city while the Convention was in session to capture the members.  The orders for the engagement of wagons, &c., were countermanded and the troops at once put in motion for Austin.


Source: The Daily Picayune, August 14, 1845.



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