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HUGHES, BENJAMIN FRANKLINSecretary to
AgeA. C. Horton

We have only B. F. Hughes' own statement that he was one of Fannin's men. On Aug. 2, 1873 he wrote the Lieutenant Governor of Texas,

"I have long since thought the State of Texas would enact something to benefit the few survivors of her war of Independence, but have looked in vain for that day to come. ... I am one of the survivors of Col. Fannin's ill-fated Command. ... I served Texas from thirty-five to '42 and she has not yet noticed me. ... I am one of two reserved from Horton's Company."  [Letters of Governor E. J. Davis, State Library.]
In a long article preserved among the Phillip C. Tucker Papers, U. of T. Library, he states that he left his home in Kentucky, and went to sea, from New Orleans, on the English ship Persian on which he made several voyages; that he then, at the age of 15, enlisted for service in Texas, proceeded to Matagorda, joined Captain A. C. Horton's Company, and became his secretary, but was left behind with Fannin's Command on March 19th, and was captured by the enemy.

He was marched out to be shot on March 27th, but was spared through the intervention of Señora Alavez; that he was later sent to Matamoros as a prisoner, and severely punished by a Mexican officer for whom he refused to perform a menial service. He escaped from Matamoros by boat, and, after much suffering, made his way to Galveston, and enlisted on the Invincible, on which he served until she


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© 1936 Harbert Davenport
NOTES FROM AN UNFINISHED STUDY OF FANNIN AND HIS MEN
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