Sam Houstons Obituary
VOL. XXIX HOUSTON, WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 1863 WHOLE NO.
DEATH OF GEN. HOUSTON
It is with deep and heartfelt sorrow that we announce
the death of Gen. Sam Houston. It took place at his residence in Huntsville,
on the 26th inst, at a quarter past 6 P. M. A letter from his physician,
"He died after an illness of five weeks. At one
time during his sickness, hopes were entertained of his recovery, but
his improvement was only apparent and it soon became evident that the
band of death was upon him. To his numerous friends it will doubtless
be a matter of great satisfaction to care that in his last hours he
was sustained by the christian's hope and that he died the death of
Thus has passed away one of the great men of the age.
Say what we may of General Houston, we can but accord to him the merit
of having filled his full share of the history of the last forty years.
His life has been a remarkable one. Whether as Governor of Tennessee,
when he was but a little over thirty years of age, or as chief of the
Cherokees, or as a hero of the Texas revolution, or still later in the
political arena of these last past years, he has always occupied a high
place in the public consideration. He has not always been right, nor
has he always successful, but he has always left the impress of his
mind upon the times in which he has acted.
What were the springs of action to his mind, who dare
undertake to tell? What drove him when he was on the high road to fame,
and the enjoyment of life, the governor of a great State, the idol of
a great people, to cast himself loose from them all and plunge into
the wilderness of the West, and become the companion of savages? What
led him afterwards, restated in the paths of civilization, honored Senator
of another great State, and the beloved idol of its people, to again
cast himself loose from their convictions of right, and in defiance
of their feelings yield his assent to the designs of their enemies?
Who can tell? What ever it was, the ease with which he regained of his
fellow citizens, in both these instances, are among the most remarkable
incidents in history.
After being lost for years in the wilderness, he re-visited
Tennessee, and was received with the most flattering attentions by the
whole people. He entered Texas, and was made little less than dictator.
After being repudiated by the people of Texas twenty years later, denied
his seat in the Senate, cast off by many who had always before voted
for him, he took the field against a powerful and well organized party,
and again the people flocked to his support and made him Governor.
Such power over men is unquestionably the most remarkable
trait of his character. There in lay the greatness of Sam Houston. It
was not in his virtue, for in the course of his life he has passed through
what would have been degradation to other men; and from the couch of
the debauchee he has risen to the throne of power, his faculties unimpaired
and his authority unquestioned. It was not in his generosity of heart,
for a man who is slow to forgive as was General Houston, is not a natural
lover of his kind. But it was in the certain power of discovering the
springs of human action, a knowledge of human nature, and an ability
to use his knowledge which few men possess.
To write a history of the life of Sam Houston is not
our part. His history is too well know to make it necessary. To picture
his character is also a task that may well be left to the public at
large, to whom he is as well know as to us. We pity the heart that could
now conceive evil of him. His noble qualities are before the people.
Let us shed tears to his memory, due to one who has
filled so much of our affections. Let the whole people bury with him
whatever of unkindness they had for him. Let his monument be in the
hearts of those who people the land, to which his latter years were
devoted. Let his fame sacredly cherished by Texans, as a debt not less
to his distinguished services than own honor, of which he was always
so jealous and so proud.