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Heroes Of San Jacinto Remembered

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Heroes Of San Jacinto Remembered
 ; . Editor's Note: The following                          ton became great friends, and re-                       inposing funeral service was held chasm in the leadership of the              Anna with one thousand men was           Had the bridge not been de-
 •article is submitted by Annette                          mained so for life even though                          after the remains of the murdered great State of Texas.                       camped nearby and would cross         stroyed, Santa Anrta would have
 Hermlon Plenttnons, secretary of                          they had several political differ-                      men, whose bodies had been               Erastus "Deaf Smith is the           the San Jacinto River at Lynch's      escaped and joined General
  the Van Zandt County Histori-                            ences.                                                  burned, were gathered and placed second San Jacinto hero to be                Perry.                                Filisola at the Brazos and reor-
 cal Commission in observance of                              The red-headed, six foot Rusk                        in a huge grave that had been eulogized this comrneration day.                   Smith also recovered a saddle      ganized his army of 4,000 men
  the anniversary of the battle of                         is described as Houston's "Rock                         dug. General Rusk pronouned Born in Duchess County, New                       bag from the Mexicans bearing         resulting in Texas' history being
  San Jacinto, April 21, 1836.                             of Stability" on whom he leaned.                        the funeral oration.                  York April 19,1787 where he re-         the name "W. B. Travis" of Alamo      rewritten.
      Everyone who has knowledge                           After General Houston was                                   It was a time of great emotion sided until 1798 when he moved             fame.                                     After San Jacinto "Deaf"
  of Texas history is familiar with                        wounded at San Jacinto, he                              and even Rusk, the great orator, with his parents to Mississippi,                Smith also provided the army       Smith became a Texas Ranger
  Sam Houston as the first Presi-                          turned the command of the army                          was for a time speechless. His long before it was admitted to                 with the first meal in four days by   and contributed two years of ser-
  dent of the Republic of Texas,                           over to General Rusk who was                            friends stated that it was the only statehood.                                capturing a barge load of flour       vice. Then he was forced by de-
  his governorship of the State of                         the only man acceptable to all                          time they knew of in his entire          "Deaf* Smith came to Texas           which they made into dough,           teriorating health to retire after
  Texas, that he was appointed the                         the officers.                                           life when he could not speak as in 1817 at the age of 20 years.               wrapped it on a stick and baked       years of service to his adopted
   first United States Senator in                             Thomas J. Rusk had served as                         he stood over the pit where lay He then after a short stay returned           oyer hot coals.                       state. He died in Richmond,
   1845, and his leadership at the                         Secretary of War for the Repub-                         the bodies that Santa Anna had to Mississippi. In 1821 he re-                     Santa Anna was waiting for        Texas November 30,1807 at the
  eighteen minute battle of San                            lic of Texas and was elected Sec-                       ordered murdered.                     turned to Nacogdoches, Texas as         additional troops led by General      age of 50 years.
  JaciiUo which freed the Repub-                           retary of State on March 16,                                General Rusk participated in a member of the DeWitt Colony,               Cos to join him for the battle.           In 1876 The Texas legislature
   lic from the dictatorship of                            1836.                                                   the Battle of the Neches, (the later migrating to San Antonio.                While on patrol "Deaf* Smith saw      named a county "Deaf Smith"
   Mexico.                                                    In March 1836 prior to the                           Cherokee War), with Chief                While hunting on the                 Genera: Cos and 540 troops cross      in his honor. Another true pa-
      However, many people- are                            battle of San Jacinto, Rusk was a                       Bowles in Van Zandt County. Guadalupe River, Erastus' ("Deaf                  over Vince's bridge. He was de-       triot who dedicated his life to
   unaware of other heroes of that                         delegate to the convention at                           Thomas J. Rusk brought a Regi- Smith"), gun slipped or fell into              tailed by General Houston to de-      Texas when it was a Republic
  great battle where the small army                        Washing ton-on-the-Brazos                               ment from Nacodoches, while the river. He could not swim but                   stroy the bridge early on the        and also as a State.
   of less than 400 Texians victori-                       where independence from                                 General Edward Burleson and his was determined to rescue his gun.              morning of Apr: 21.                      A quote from former Lieuten-
  ously fought 1,500 (estimates go                         Mexico was declared. Rusk also                          men arrived from the Colorado            Tying himself to a tree, it took        He completed his assignment        ant Governor Pendleton on
   up to 5,000), Mexicans under                            served as President of the last                         River region, and Colonel some time to recover his gun and                    and rushed back ready for battle.     March 21,1891 seems an appro-
   General Santa Anna on April 21,                         congress of the Republic of                             Landrum brought men from east- he claimed that the water pres-                It is recorded that after breaking    priate tribute to both General
• 1836.                                                    Texas.                                                  ern Texas.                            sure on his eardrum robbed him          his own sword in combat, he took      Thomas J. Rusk and Erastus
      General Thomas Jefferson                                 After the battle of San Jacinto                         All the men were placed un- of his hearing. After that time he            one from a Mexican soldier that        "Deaf Smith, "-it would seem
   Rusk was another hero. Born on                          General Rusk led the army to                            der the command of Brigidier always called himself "Deaf                      he had slain and continued to          that Providence- has purposey
   a farm belonging to John C.                              Goliad to bury the remains of                           General Kelsey Douglas. The Smith."                                          fight. It has been reported that       raised up and gathered together
   Calhoun in South Carolina on                            Colonel Fannin and the 480                               second day of battle in Van Zandt       At the beginning of the Texas        Smith captured General Cos three       in Texas from the four corners of
   December 5, 1803, he arrived in                          Texians massacred there on Palm                         County lasted approximately Revolution he was one of the first               days after the San Jacinto battle.     the earth an array of giants to do
   Nacogdoches, Texas in the win-                           Sunday, March 27, 1836. On a                            one and one half hours.with 100 to join the forces of Austin and                 It is generally agreed that        his work, for indeed may it truly
   ter of 18 34-5. HeandSamHous-                            Friday morning, June 3, 1836 an                         Cherokees, including Chief was in the first skirmish of the                  "Deaf Smith's destruction of           be said "there were giants in
                                                                                                                    Bowles, killed.                      revolution at Gonzales, (the            Vince's bridge ended the war. It       those days', few in number, but
                                                                                                                        The Texans lost five killed "Come and Take It" battle), Oc-              led to the capture of Santa Anna       with a resolution of purpose that
                                                                                                                    and 27 wounded, and resulted in tober 2, 1835, where the Texans              as he had np escape route, de-         recognized no such word as fail.
                                                                  As seen                                           the dispersal of the Cherokees were victorious. Later he was
                                                                                                                    from East Texas.                      with Jim Bowie at Mission Con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 stroyed the Mexican morale, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 enabled Sam Houston to dictate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They came upon this fair land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       as the vanguard of a mighty civi-

    FOR STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS,                                   on TV.                                                General Rusk would continue ception where 90 brave Texans
                                                                                                                    to be involved in battles with defeated 400 of General Cos'
                                                                                                                                                                                                 his own terms with Santa Anna.        lization."

   ANNUITIES and INSURANCE PAYOUTS                                                                                  Mexicans and Indians for years cavalry.

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                                                                                                                    to ;come. In 1838 Rusk led a             "Deaf1 Smith was with "ole"
                                                                                                                    group of volunteers who de- Ben Milam at the storming of                       APRIL IN EDOM
                                                                                                                    feated and stamped out an upris- Bexar, (San Antonio), when 301                April 22nd • 23rd • 1O a.m. - 5 p.m.
  J.G. Wentworth means CASH NOW                                                                                     ing of Kickapoo Indians after brave Texans entered and cap-
                                                                                                                    they took to the warpath under tured the city and forced the sur-
      for Structured Settlements!                                                                                   Mexican agent Vincente render of 1400 Mexican soldiers
                                                                                                                    Cordova.                              under General Cos Smith was se-
                                                                                                                        Called a "firm and able Friend verely wounded and the brave
                                                                                                                                                                                                            STREET                            FAin
                                                                                                                    of Texas" in her struggles, Rusk Ben Milam lost his life.                                DOWNXOWN EDOM
                                                                                                                    served in many capacities. He            Upon learning of the fall of the              HigH-way Z79 C# FM 314
     MNKRUPTCY and DEBT CONSOLIDATION                                                                               served as a delegate to the Alamo, Smith hastened to San                               For Info. 9O3-85Z-€»€»5O
      Wo arc a debt relief agency. We help Individuals and Businesses file for                                      Constitutional Convention, Antonio where he was informed
        bankruptcy and debt consolidation relief under the Bankruptcy Code.                                         where the life of every delegate that Alamo survivors Mrs.
                        Federal Law may provide you with:                                                           was in danger. He served as Presi- Dickinson, her 15 year old daugh-
    "Immediate debt relief and protection from your creditors and debts
    **Ability to stop Foreclosures, Repossessions and Lawsuits                                                      dent of that convention in 1845 ter and William Travis servant,
    **Chancc to gel a fresli start or reorganize.                                                                   and that assembly is called "one Joe, were in the custody of Santa
                                                                                                                    of the ablest to ever serve the Anna. He secured their release
              Call for a Free Appt                903.569.0000                                                       State".                              and brought them back to safety
            Campbell Law Firm, PC in Mineola, 228 W. Broad Street                                                       Thomas Rusk served eleven in Gonzales.
    Ltwnsi.il to practice in all Texas stale courts anil the U.S. District nnd Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern     years as United States Senator          "Deaf' Smith was known as
    ami Northern Districts ol'Tcxas. Not certified by tlie Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
                                                                                                                     from February 21, 1846 to July - the most alert and efficient spy
                                                                                                                                                       ;
                                                                                                                     29, 1857, serving along side ; iJ and scout in all orYTexas, ther^-
                                                                                                                     Senator Sam Houston. Rusk was |fpre.^aj|i Houstgg^mad&him
                                                                                                                     elected to the honorable position Commander of Scouts in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                        'If you reguirppxygen at home.:.If
                                                                                                                     of President pro tern of the 1836.                        '                               use of a Nebulizer... If you need to rent
                                                                                                                     United States Senate and pre-           As General Houston left                          or purchase Hospital Beds, Wheelchairs,

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                                                                                                                     sided with dignity and impartial- Gonzales on his way to San
                                                                                                                     ity that commanded the respect Jacinto, Smith assisted the fleer                               Walkers, Potty Chairs, Etc.....
                                                                                                                     and esteem of every member of ing refugees, especially the
                                                                                                                     that body."                          women and children. Houston
                                                                                                                                                                                                       SEE PEACE PHARMACY FOR
                                                                                                                         Prior to the Senate, Rusk was called Smith, my "stay in dark-                ALL YOUR MEDICAL SUPPLIES!
               Monday thru Friday                                                                                    elected Chief Justice of the Re- est hour."
                                                                                                                     public of Texas in 1839. Thomas          Upon reaching Buffalo bayou
                                                                                                                                                                                                        MEDICARE ASSIGNMENT ACCEPTED
                                                     and                                                             Jefferson Rusk, a noble citizen, atSan Jacinto on April 19, "Deaf
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                Saturdays By Appt.                                                                                   true patriot, honorable statesman    Smith swam the bayou, captured
                                                                                                                     and a just man died in and brought in a Mexican cou-


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                                                                                                                     Nagcogdoches, Texas in the sum- rier and a Mexican scout from
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