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