TEAL, HENRY (ca. 1800–1837). Henry Teal, army officer, was born about 1800, came to Texas with his father, Edward Teal, before 1826, and settled in what is now San Augustine County. After serving as second lieutenant in Thomas J. Rusk's company in the siege of Bexar, he returned to East Texas in the spring of 1836 and, as captain, recruited a company of about forty men for the Texas army. He received his commission from the Convention of 1836 and reported with his company to Sam Houston at Gonzales. He was with Houston on the retreat to Harrisburg but because of illness was not on the field at San Jacinto. After Antonio López de Santa Anna surrendered, Teal and Henry Wax Karnes were sent to Matamoros, Mexico, to negotiate with Gen. José de Urrea for the exchange of prisoners under the treaties of Velasco. At Matamoros they found Urrea preparing for an invasion of Texas, and the two commissioners were imprisoned because they learned too much of the preparations. Teal reported the situation in the "Whip-Handle Dispatch." After his escape and return to Texas, he commanded his regiment until May 5, 1837, when he was shot while asleep in his tent at Camp Bowie. Teal's murderer was not discovered until a man named Schultz, a member of John A. Murrell's outlaw band in Mississippi, was being tried in Galveston on another charge and confessed that he had killed Henry Teal.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Bruce Blake, "Teal, Henry," accessed May 01, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fte02.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles