PRESIDENT HOUSTON OUTFOXES DANGEROUS RABBLEROUSER

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By the end of May 1837, the demobilized majority of the Texas Army was either headed for home or looking for work in the Lone Star Republic, much to the dismay of a reckless general who wanted to fight another round with Mexico.

The swift victory at San Jacinto robbed hundreds of American volunteers of their share of the glory. They had not come all the way to Texas to toast other heroes and stubbornly stuck around in the hope of getting in a few licks of their own.

In the fervent belief that an army was a terrible thing to waste, Felix Huston lobbied loud and long for taking the war to the Mexicans. Since his bellicose rhetoric was music to the ears of the disappointed latecomers, the ambitious adventurer became their unofficial spokesman.

Huston was, in truth, an early convert to the Lone Star cause. In July 1835, three months before the Revolution started at Gonzales, he was actively soliciting support in New Orleans for the imminent uprising. While the colonists were driving the government forces from the province that December, he was working on their behalf in his native state of Mississippi.

 

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