The Mexican War According to the pages of the Baton Rouge Gazette
May 9, 1846 edition
WAR! WAR!! VOLUNTEERS
Since the publication of our last number the news from the seat of war have been of the most exciting nature. New Orleans has preseented a very animated appearance. At the last accounts more than twelve hundred men had been mustered in the service of the United States in that city alone. It will be seen by an article in another colum from the Delta that Mobile has nobly turned out her legions. These troops are to be immediately dispatched to the relief of General Taylor, who is now surrounded by a large body of Mexican troops and his supplies cut off. We hope the call for volunteers has been as nobly responded to in Texas as it has been in Louisiana and Alabama, if so, a decided triumph awaits the American Arms! May success attend those patriotic volunteers who have thus shown a readiness to assist their brethren in distress, and revenge the wrongs committed by a treacherous foe. The army under General Taylor is composed of as brave men as ever met an enemy and officered by bold and patriotic men, who only want an opportunity to show that the confidence reposed in them by their government has not been misplaced. With the cooperation of the volunteers now on their march to Point Isabelle, we have no doubt that they will be able to route completely the band of treacherous Mexicans now encamped on our territory. Let a decisive blow be once struck and we shall hear no more of Mexicans on this side of the Rio Grande.
Last Saturday on the receipt of the news that General Taylor's army was surrounded and supplies cut off from Point Isabel. The Legislature immediately suspended their regular business and a bill appropriating one hundred thousand dollars, for the purpose of equiping etc.., volunteers, having been presented by Mr. Moise, it was unanimously passed. The Senate had adjourned until Monday, but as many of the Senators as could be found, forming more than the necessary quorum for the transaction of business, assembled, and also unanimously passed the above bill of the House.
In these exciting times, Baton Rouge has not been behind in the noble work of patriotism. A volunteer company, composed chiefly of the elite of the young men of our parish, and numbering over 90, has been raised in two days. The company met on Thursday and elected the following officers to command them.
H.W. Fowler, Captain
R.G. Beale, 1st Lieutenant
F.G. Henderson, 2nd Lieutenant
Sergeants--W.A. Searles, Andrew Bradford, Wm. Denny, Jos. Pino
This noble band left here yesterday afternoon in the Belle Creole. A large conpourse (? contingent?) of our citizens were present to witness their departure and cheer them on their patriotic career. They have the best wishes of our whole population for their success and welfare.
Baton Rouge being the most important garrison in the Southern country, and having a present a large number of arms and ammunition, without any guard or protection whatever, renders it incumbent upon our citizens, in the absence of regular troops to volunteer to mount a regular guard in the premises, not only for the protection of the U.S. property, but also for their own safety. The government has been repeatedly petitioned to send troops here, but for some cause of other it is more than two-thirds of the time abandoned to itself. If the regular troops are wanted elsewhere, an order ought to be issued from the commanding general of the Southern Division of the U.S. Army, or from the secretary of war, for the enlistment of a company of citizens soldiers for the especial purpose, to serve for three months, or more, if ocassion may require it. We hope this will speedily be done.
May 16, 1846 edition
MEETING OF THE CITIZENS OF EAST BATON ROUGE
A meeting of the citizens of the Parish of East Baton Rouge was held on Monday the 11th, instant, at the Court house for the object of forming another volunteer company for the United States service in Texas, for six months.
On motion, Col. Stephen Henderson was appointed President and S. Skolfield, Secretary. The object of the meeting was explained by the president.
A numerous assemblage of ladies honored the meeting by their presence. Miss Elizabeth Stuart, on the part of the Ladies of East Baton Rouge, presented a flag, and made an appropriate and eloquent address, which thrilled the bosoms of the assembly.
The company not being organised, the flag was accepted on their behalf by Col. Henderson, who assured the fair donor that if it were possible to augment the spirit of patriotism that animated those who had thus spontaneously devolted themselves to their country, that flag would do it. Should any for a moment think of faltering in battle, the sight of that banner reared on high, the votive offering of the Mothers, Sisters, Wives and Sweethearts of the Baton Rouge Volunteers, would steel his nerves, and urge him on to victory or death.
A roll was formed of the names of the volunteers and as all were anxious to leave in two hours by the Steamer Clinton for New Orleans, a primitive mode was adopted for the election of officers. The candidates for the office of Captain were requested by Col. Henderson to place themselves to the right of the Company at some distance which being done, the members of the company were ordered to march to the man under whom they desired to fight which was immediately complied with. In this manner all the officers were elected in a few minutes.
The Captain elect informed the voluteers that it had been stated that if he went with the company, he would be sure to get them into a fight, without using due prudence. The first part of this remark he said was true, for if a fight was to be had, then just so sure as he went with them, would they be in it. He desired them, should he fall in battle, to examine his breast and if no wound was to be found there, he prayed them for God's sake not to look at his back, but bury him immediately and tell the world he must have died from fatigue.
The greatest enthusiasm prevailed and we pledge ourselves that these galant men will render a good account of their deed in arms.
At 2 o'clock they marched from the Court House, preceded by a band of music, and embarked on the steamer Clinton.
The following are the names of the Officers and prives, viz.
LIST OF VOLUNTEERS IN CAPT. R.A. STEWART'S COMPANY
A. Waddill, 1st Lieutenant, J.C. Patterson 2d do.(Lt), I.N. Pullen, Alex Shaw, Daniel Barbee, J.L. Wolff, J.F. George, J.W. Dawson, Simeon Dunham, James Morgan, Jas. C. Gayle, Benjamin Clar, W.W. Whitehead, James Green, F.A. Nephler, J.L. Vialet, O. Potts, Simeon Roberts, D.B. Hodges, J. Murray, W.C. Kleinpeter, A.F. Aucoin, Henry Tomlinson, Jr., Jesse Walker, C.M. Hard, C.W. Gayle, Wm. Stemplev, N. Bouillon, John Corcoran, W. J. Gates, M. McKimmins, Valery Weaver, G.W. White, W. Farley, Christian Buhler, John B. Shields, Alfred Hazard, Evan Hawes, John Rose, Peter Peterson, H. Fitzsimmons, Edward W. Willis, Firmin Guedry, Rowland Thomas, J.J. Johnson, Joseph White, Wm. Ratliff, Josiah Roberts, Wm. Russ, Thomas Davis, A.R. Fridge, Nathan Bryan, Allison Gore, Treville Daigle, J.B. Bixler, Wm. Bills, Benj. Hyatt, Augustin Daigle, A. McDonald, John Powers, Pierre Lopez, Saml Russ, Wm. Kirby, Florence Horn, Adolphus Brooks, Jackson Holden, R.E. Rouse, John Sevier, Samuel Barns, Henry Plack, J.E. Bennet, Saml. P. Graves, W.B. Rouge, A.J. Russ, Abijah Starns, G.W. Griffith, James S. Chance, C.E. Martin, F. Walters, ---78
In addition to this number, we understand that twelve from Sandy Creek in the parish wish to join the above company.
VOLUNTEERS--The Louisiana Volunteers having been disbanded, the two companies belonging to this parish are looked for with considerable anxiety. They had not yet arrived in New Orleans on Thursday, when the Belle Creole left, they, however, were hourly expected. It is not probable that they will come home before Wednesday or Thursday next. If they arrive in day-time preparations have been made to receive them with a general salute. They were the first to rush to the battle field and that circumstance alone is proof of their valor. They went, expecting a battle, and if they have been disappointed do not deserve the less credit for having had no chance to distinguish themselves. Honor to the Louisiana Volunteers.
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