The Treachery of Twiggs

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In perusing old reports on the Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC), the name of “Twiggs” (image shown) began to be seen.

January 31, 1861: “There are rumors that a body of men are moving on San Antonio to take the arsenal there. Gen. TWIGGS has called in the troops to protect it. The Knights of the Golden Circle offered him their services to do so.” [1] This Twiggs apparently was defending the Alamo.

February 13, 1861: “Gen. TWIGGS, in command of the Southwestern division of the army with head-quarters in San Antonia [sic], Texas, has been superceded by a younger officer whose name has not yet transpired.” [2]

February 14, 1861: Reports that “a terrible fellow,” one Captain John B. Baylor, was about to march against the Alamo with a thousand men. This was a force of “disunionists,” a.k.a. Rebs. General Twiggs has been withdrawn from the command of the Military Department of Texas. [3]

February 26, 1861: Twiggs has surrendered the Alamo, without a shot being fired! [4] The New York Times fumes that the “chivalrous TWIGGS is to be still further promoted to the practical Command-in-Chief of the Southern Confederacy’s Army, as an acknowledgment for his noble conduct in turning over the troops of the United States to the secession interest.” Commenting upon the departing James Buchanan presidency, the Times laments, “In the great days of our country, no one sought to palliate the defection and treachery of BENEDICT ARNOLD; but after four years of Buchananism, the same offence scarcely excites attention.” [5]

It was not just the treachery of Twiggs. There were Freemasons galore in the Buchanan administration. President Buchanan himself was a member of the Masonic brotherhood. “As Secretary of War, Buchanan appointed Freemason John B. Floyd, of St. John’s Lodge No. 36 in Richmond, Virginia.” Floyd was later indicted for malfeasance and conspiracy to defraud the government in the theft of $870,000 of Indian Trust Bonds from the Interior Department, but by then he had fled to Virginia. Freemason Howell Cobb was the Treasury Secretary for Buchanan. By the time Cobb departed from his Cabinet position, the U.S. Treasury was bankrupt and the credit of the United States had been almost destroyed. President Buchanan had, earlier in his miserable existence, joined in to sing “La Marseillaise” with Giuseppe Mazzini, Felice Orsini, and George Sanders, in London. [6]

As for Twiggs, Harper’s magazine later recounted how “General David E. Twiggs” (we know his full name by now) “surrendered the entire army and property of the United States to the traitors in the State [Texas], and received as the reward for his treason a commission as Major-General in the Confederate Army.” Once the Rebs had grabbed Texas, “All citizens of the North were warned to leave the State. The payment of all debts due the North was suspended.” [7]

“The most cruel and relentless persecution of all loyal men was commenced. The German residents of the western counties were driven from their homes, and in many instances cruelly massacred for no other crimes than their Free State principles. The General Government, surprised by the treachery of General Twiggs, and compelled to concentrate all their troops for the defense of the national capital, was obliged to leave the citizens of Texas to protect themselves.” [7]

Twiggs, dismissed from the U.S. Army for “treachery to the flag of his country,” was appointed to command the Confederate Department of Louisiana. He died of pneumonia in Augusta, Georgia on July 15, 1862. [8]

(The above first appeared at my Melchizedek Communique web site on June 12, 2011.)

——- Notes ——-
[1] “Important From Texas”, New York Times, January 31, 1861
[2] “Highly Important News”, New York Times, February 13, 1861
[3] “Affairs of the Nation”, New York Times, February 14, 1861
[4] “News of the Day”, New York Times, February 26, 1861
[5] “Traitor Officers”, New York Times, February 26, 1861
[6] Redman, Brian. What Would Millard Do?. 2009. Published by Lulu.com. Also available as a Kindle e-book.
[7] “Heroic Deeds of Heroic Men” (Military Adventures Beyond the Mississippi, Part V), by John S.C. Abbott. Harper’s magazine, April 1865
[8] “David E. Twiggs”, Wikipedia, June 10, 2011

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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