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THE AMERICAN CONFLICT.
TEXAS AND NEW MEXICO.
The frontiers of Texas, Mexican | from New Orleans to San Antonio, and savage, were guarded, prior to and assigned to the command of the the outbreak of Secession, by a line of department, it was doubtless underforts or military posts stretching from stood between them that his business Brownsville, opposite Matamoras, to in Texas was to betray this entire the Red River. These forts were force, or so much of it as possible, located at average distances of one into the hands of the yet undevelhundred miles, and were severally oped traitors with whom Floyd was held by detachments of from 50 to secretly in league. Twiggs's age 130 of the regular army. San Anto- and infirmities had for some time nio, 150 miles inland from Indianola, excused him from active service, unon Matagorda Bay, was the head-til this ungracious duty—if duty it quarters of the department, whence can be called—was imposed upon the most remote post—Fort Bliss, on and readily accepted by him. Withthe usual route thence to New Mex- in 90 days after his arrival' at Indiico-was distant 675 miles. The anola, he had surrendered the entire whole number of regulars distributed force at and near San Antonio, with throughout Texas was 2,612, compri- all their arms, munitions, and supsing nearly half the effective force of plies, to three persons acting as
“ Commissioners on behalf of the When, soon after Mr. Lincoln's Committee of Public Safety,” seelection, but months prior to his in- cretly appointed by the Convention anguration, Gen. David E. Twiggs which had just before assumed to was dispatched by Secretary Floyd take Texas out of the Union. The
our little army.
I'ecember 5, 1860.
Feb. 1. The Convention met this day at February 18, 1861. He immediately and Austin, and at once passed an ordinance of openly declared that the Union could not last Secession, subject to a vote of the people at an c0 days and warned officers, if they had pay election to be held on the 23d inst.; the ordidue them, to draw it at once, as this would be nance,
approved, to take effect on the 2d of
March. Texas was therefore still in the Union, February 5, 1861.
eren according to the logic of Secession. 2