From the Annals of the Revolution – In 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. The previous day, delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence. Richard Ellis, the president of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman, and Collin McKinney to draft a Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Childress probably already had a draft version of the document with him when he arrived. As the delegates worked, they received regular reports on the ongoing siege on the Alamo by the forces of Santa Anna’s troops. Childress and the committee drew heavily on the United States Declaration of Independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution.
Red’s favorite passage: “It has, through its emissaries, incited the merciless savage, with the tomahawk and scalping knife, to massacre the inhabitants of our defenseless frontiers.”