Forgotten Texas Leader: Hugh McLeod and the Texan Santa Fe Expedition (Google eBook)

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Texas A&M University Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 235 pages
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MIRABEAU B. LAMAR, ALBERT SIDNEY Johnston, and Thomas Jefferson Rusk called him friend and colleague. Sam Houston considered him his greatest political nemesis next to David Burnet. He was the most popular public speaker of his day. Hugh McLeod served in the Republic of Texas legislature, organized the office of Adjutant General, and held officer commissions in four armies over his lifetime. He fought at the Battle of the Neches, wrote the official report of the Council House Fight, helped spur Galveston's growth into a city, and at the time of his death was next in line to command the Confederate regiment that became known as Hood's Brigade.

Paul N. Spellman illuminates the overlooked events in the life of Hugh McLeod, whom history has ignored except ignominiously as "the commander of the failed Santa Fe expedition". In this comprehensive retelling of the 1841 expedition, Spellman reminds history readers that the failure of that venture was caused by many factors, including McLeod's uneven leadership, but that the personable general went on to live an active life in service to Texas and the causes in which he fervently believed.

As Spellman tells the story of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, the Council House Fight, and other signal events in early Texas history, Hugh McLeod comes alive as a legitimate but heretofore forgotten Texas leader. Forgotten Texas Leader: Hugh McLeod and the Texan Santa Fe Expedition lights the way to a new understanding of McLeod's contribution to the making of Texas.

  

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Page 17 - Colonel Ward brought your handsome and appropriate flag as a present to the Georgia Volunteers in the cause of 'Texas and Liberty.' I was fearful, from the shortness of the time, that you would not be able to finish it as tastefully as you would wish ; but I assure you, without an emotion of flattery, that it is beautiful, and with us its value is enhanced by the recollection of the donor.
Page 16 - ... distinguished gentlemen in advocacy of the claims of Texas upon the people of the United States for aid in their struggle for independence. Among the speakers on this occasion was Lieutenant Hugh McLeod, who had just returned from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He made a soulstirring appeal, pledging himself " to resign his commission and embark as a volunteer.
Page 27 - ... duties. In this same edition, the functions of the several branches of the staff are thus comprehensively stated. Adjutant General. — The Adjutant-General is the channel through which are issued all orders emanating from the headquarters of the army, and all regulations necessary to be communicated to the troops. He is charged with the details of the service, with the records of all military appointments, promotions, resignations, deaths, and other casualties, as well as the inventories of...
Page 17 - I was fearful from the shortness of the time that you would not be able to finish it as tastefully as you would wish; but I assure you, without an emotion of flattery, that it is beautiful, and with us its value will be enhanced by the recollection of the donor.
Page 17 - I assure you, without an emotion of flattery, that it is beautiful, and with us its value is enhanced by the recollection of the donor. " I thank you for the honor of being made the medium of presentation to the company, and if they are what every true Georgian ought to be, your flag shall yet wave over fields of Victory in defiance of Despotism. I hope the proud day may soon arrive, and while your star presides none can doubt of success. " Very respectfully, your friend, (Signed)

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Paul N. Spellman is a professor of history at Wharton Junior College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

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