Washington Texas, 19 December, 1835
Iagain take this opportunity of writing a few lines to you to let you know that I am still in the land of the living and in good health, and I sincerely hope that these few lines may find you and all your father’s family and all my relations in the same.
I have now traveled on foot 305 miles and its 200 miles distant yet to Fort San Antonio at Bejar. Last evening an express arrived here that the last manned fort has fallen in to our hands but I am sorry to say that our commander Colonel Milam and 5 privates has been killed in taken the last fort and it is expected that our next atack shall be on Matamoras near the mouth of the Rio Grande River and 200 miles distance from San Antonio.
Where we are now is a new town on the River Brazos and will be before long a place of some business. We leave here this evening and in 10 days expect to be at San Antonio. Since we crossed the river Trinity 70 miles back we have traveled over one of the fines Country I have ever seen.
If I live to see the liberty of this Country, it shall be some considerable length of time before I shall visit the United States again, and if I should fall in battle, there is seven hundred & 40 acres of land coming to me in this Country which I leave to you if you if think it worth your while to attend to it. For the law says if any person falls in battle that his relations can have his bounty of land and his monthly wages for the time he has served the Country, but I expect to see old Kentucky yet.
Please give my best respects to all your fathers family & all my relations. Give my best respects to Arnot Phillips.
No more at present but remains your affectionate cousin,
To Lewis & Nancy Zearing, Brownsboro, Oldham County, KY
P.S. When you write to me, direct [it] to, San Felipe de Austin, JC Logan,
of the Louisville Volunteers
Court of Claims File for John C. Logan, 17 August 1858, Court of Claims 004975, Records of the Court of Claims, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX