Sam Houston broadside dated March 2, 1836[Texas Revolution] and [The Alamo]. Sam Houston "Army Orders" Broadside. One page of one leaf, 7.25" x 9.75", "Convention Hall, Washington," March 2, 1836, signed in print by Sam Houston, "Commander-in-Chief of the Army." [San Felipe de Austin: Printed by Baker & Bordens.] On the day that the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed (and two days before he was unanimously reelected commander-in-chief over all Texas volunteer and regular forces), Sam Houston issued this fervent appeal to the citizens of Texas in broadside form to come to the aid of "their bleeding country." Of note is Houston's reference to the siege of "Bejar" [San Antonio de Bexar], its protection being "only one hundred and fifty men." At the same time that Houston made this plea, the men of the Alamo were on day eight of what would be a grueling thirteen day siege. Four days later, every man was dead and their memory became a rallying cry for the Texian Army.
The broadside is untrimmed, boasting broad margins and light toning. With creasing at the folds and at edges, otherwise near fine. The broadside - headed "Army Orders" - reads in part:
"War is raging on the frontiers. Bejar is besieged by two thousand of the enemy, under the command of Siezma. . . . By the last report, our force in Bejar was only one hundred and fifty men strong. The citizens of Texas must rally to the aid of our army, or it will perish. Let the citizens of the East march to the combat. . . . Independence is declared, it must be maintained. . . . The services of all are forthwith required in the field. [Signed in print] Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Army."
A postscript appears below the printed signature informing citizens that "It is rumored that the enemy are on their march to Gonzales. . . . The fate of Bejar is unknown. . . . The patriots of Texas are appealed to, in behalf of their bleeding country. [Signed in print] S. H."
Only days after Santa Anna arrived at San Antonio de Bexar on February 23, the Convention of 1836 met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to debate Texas independence. On March 2, the day Houston made this appeal, the delegates at Washington voted for independence. Two days later, Houston was reappointed commander of all Texas forces. Streeter 150 locates only one copy of this stirring appeal to Texan patriotism.
Reference: Streeter 150.
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