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Declaration, with Plan and Powers of the Provisional Government of Texas (1836)

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OF THE MILITARY.

ARTICLE I.

There shall be a Regular Army created for the protection of Texas during the present war.

ARTICLE II.

The Regular Army of Texas shall consist of one Major-General, who shall be Commander-in-Chief of all forces called into public service during the war.

ARTICLE III.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Regular Army of Texas shall be appointed by the Convention, and commissioned by the Governor.

ARTICLE IV.

He shall be subject to the orders of the Governor and Council.

ARTICLE V.

His Staff shall consist of one Adjutant-General, one Inspector-General, one Quarter-Master-General, one Pay-Master-General, one Surgeon-General, and four Aids-de-Camp with their respective ranks, as in the United States Army in time of war, to be appointed by the Major-General and commissioned by the Governor.

ARTICLE VI.

The regular Army of Texas shall consist of men enlisted for two years, and volunteers for and during the continuance of war.

ARTICLE VII.

The regular Army of Texas, while in the service, shall be governed by the rules, regulations and dicipline, in all respects applicable to the regular Army of the United States of America, in time of war, so far as applicable to our condition and circumstances.

ARTICLE VIII.

The regular Army of Texas shall consist of eleven hundred and twenty men rank and file.

ARTICLE IX.

There shall be a corps of Rangers under the command of a Major, to consist of one hundred and fifty men, to be divided into three or more detachments, and which shall compose a battalion, under the Commander-in-Chief when in the field.

ARTICLE X.

The Militia of Texas shall be organized as follows: all able bodied men over sixteen, and under fifty years of age, shall be subject to Militia duty.

ARTICLE XI.

Every inhabitant of Texas, coming within purview of the preceding article shall, on the third Monday of December next, or as soon thereafter as practicable, assemble at each precinct of their municipality and proceed to elect one captain, one first lieutenant, and one second lieutenant to every fifty-six men.

ARTICLE XII.

When said election shall have taken place, the judges shall certify to the Governor, forthwith the names of the respective officers elected, who shall, as soon as practicable, make out and sign, and transmit commissions for the same; that if there shall be found to exist any municipality, more than three Companies, the captain, or commandants on giving due notice thereof shall call together the subalterns of said Companies, and proceed to elect one Major; if of four Companies, one Lieutenant Colonel; if of five or more Companies, one Colonel, for the command of said Companies, which shall constitute a regiment of said municipality; that if there shall be found to exist more than one regiment in said municipality, the whole number of field and Company officers, shall on due notice proceed to elect a Brigadier-General, out of their number who shall command the whole Militia in said municipality.

BRANCH TANNER ARCHER,

President.

Municipality of Austin.
Wyly Martin,
R. Jones,
Jesse Burnham
William Menifee.

Municipality of San Augustine.
A. Houston,
William N. Sigler,
A. E. C. Johnson,
A. Horton,
A. G. Kellogg.

Municipality of Gonzales.
Wm. S. Fisher,
J. D. Clements,
Geo. W. Davis,
James Hodges,
Wm. W. Arrington,
Benjamin Fuqua.

Municipality of Columbia.
Henry Smith,
John A. Wharton
Edwin Waller,
John S. D. Byrom

Municipality of Washington.
Philip Coe,
E. Collard,
Jesse Grimes,
Asa Mitchell,
Asa Hoxey.

Municipality of Viesca.
Sam. T. Allen,
A. G. Perry,
A. G. W. Pierson,
Alexander Thompson,
Mrs. W. Parker.
Municipality of Nacogdoches.
Samuel Houston,
James W. Robinson,
William Whitaker,
Daniel Parker,
William N. Sigler.

Municipality of Mina.
D. C. Barrett,
J. S. Lester,
R. M. Williamson.

Municipality of Liberty.
Henry Millard,
B. Woods,
A. B. Hardin.

Municipality of Harrisburg.
Lorenzo De Zavalla,
C. C. Dyer,
John W. Moore,
M. W. Smith,
David B. Macomb,
Geo. M. Patrick.

Municipality of Bevil.
S. H. Everitt,
John Bevil,
Wyatt Hanks.

Municipality of Jefferson.
Claiborne West.

Municipality of Matagorda.
R. R. Royal,
Charles Willson.

Municipality of Tenehaw.
Martin Parmer.

P. B. DEXTER, Secretary.