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  080929 Mt Bonnell TimeLine LU: 081019-1415 Steven L Bonnell  slbnl@kbsb.com www.kbsb.com/reward/  
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"Joseph Bonnell A Texas hero ignored by history”
by Seldon B. Graham, Jr. February 9, 2006
  ?? from: Onondaga Co, NY        
  04 Aug 1802   Born:
Philadelphia, PA
  1824     Lieutenant Joseph Cadle
graduates West Point
  1825   Joseph Bonnell graduates
West Point, 2nd Lieutenant,
 assigned to 3rd Infantry Regiment, US Army
  1826     Albert Sidney Johnston
graduates West Point
  1827     Lieutenant William S. Stilwell
graduates West Point
  23 April, 1831   Joseph marries
Anna Elizabeth Noble
Adams Co, Mississippi
  (July) 1831   Joseph promoted to
1st Lieutenant, US Army
  1835     Hugh McLeod
graduates West Point
  July, 1835   Joseph Bonnell is
official witness to the
US - Caddo Indian Treaty;
earns the Trust
of Caddo Indians
  {L045}  Lt Bonnell asked to read the treaty before the signing, and the U.S. Agent, Jehiel Brooks, refused to allow Bonnell to read the treaty.  This raised the suspicions of both Bonnell and the Indian chiefs. A hidden provision inserted by Brooks improperly and unjustly led to the enrichment of Brooks.   
  October 2, 1835     Texas War of Independence 
 Battle of Gonzales 
Digital reproduction of the Come and Take It flag.
  October 11, 1835     Stephen F. Austin is
elected commander Texian Volunteers
  November, 1835     Consultation appoints Sam Houston
of a regular Texas Army
        Consultation also appoints Houston
to Select Committee on Indian Affairs
Houston was also appointed to the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, as he had spent much of his career dealing with Indian nations. The Texians needed the support of the Indians (or at least their neutrality) to win their fight against Mexico.  
  November 22, 1835   Joseph Bonnell becomes
General Sam Houston's
First Aide-de-Camp of the Texan Army
  December 30, 1835   Joseph Bonnell sends a private letter to Sam Houston. This letter was a blueprint for building the Texas Army. He signed this letter, “Your sincere friend, J. Bonnell.”   {L069} Joseph Bonnell was so valuable an officer that his U.S. Army colonel refused to grant him a leave of absence to join the Texas Army. .. This private letter was no ordinary letter, however. It was a “How-to-start-an-army” letter. It contained detailed explanations and enclosed example documents pertaining to uniforms, military administration, logistical supply, pay, promotions, ordnance, ammunition and rations.   
  1836     Edmund P. Gaines posts U.S. Sixth Infantry
at Fort Jesup, Louisiana, to prevent armed volunteers
from the United States from entering Texas as
volunteers for Sam Houston's army
Gaines's sympathies were with Texas, although he was prevented by his position from helping with the Texas Revolution. His instructions forbade him to cross into Texas unless armed belligerents should threaten to violate United States territorial sovereignty. He was given discretion, however, to cross the Sabine River if Indian depredations should disturb the tranquility of the border.  
  January 11, 1836     General Houston wrote Governor Robinson to urge the appointment of Joseph Bonnell to the rank of Captain in the Regular Army of Texas    
  February 23, 1836     The Alamo comes under artillery fire
 from Mexican troops.
  March, 1836     Hugh McLeod takes leave of absence as US Army Lt. in  3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Jesup, Louisiana to defend Nacogdoches Nacogdoches, Texas  
  March 2, 1836     Texas
Declaration of Independence
Timeline of the Republic of Texas  
  March 4, 1836     Sam Houston is appointed commander
 of Texas Forces
   March 6, 1836     Final - Battle of the Alamo ~ 1,200 Mexicans in assult -vs- 180-250 Texans,
ALL Texas soldiers killed
  March 10, 1836   Joseph Bonnell
officially Captain in
 Regular Army of Texas
  List of Officers of the
 Regular Army of Texas
  March 11, 1836     Houston begins his retreat from Gonzales
precipitating the Runaway Scrape
  March 12-15, 1836     Battle of Refugio ~ 1,500 Mexicans -vs- 148 Texans;
about 70 Texans killed
  March 27, 1836     Goliad Massacre: James Fannin
and nearly 400 Texans
are executed by order of Santa Anna
~ 700 Mexicans -vs- ~400 Texans,
ALL but 28 Texans killed
  March 28, 1836     Houston orders Wiley Martin and Mosley Baker
to guard his retreat thus
delaying Santa Anna's crossing the
 Brazos River
  April 4, 1836     US Major General Edmund Pendleton Gaines arrives at Fort Jessup, Lousiana, to take command of the international border situation {L163} The United States, because of diplomatic relations with Mexico, had to remain strictly neutral. General Gaines could not take any action in support of the Texas Revolution.  
  April 7, 1836   Joseph Bonnell 
sent alone into Texas
from Fort Jessup, LA
to quell an uprising of
1700 hostile Indians
Edmund P. Gaines dispatches
U.S. Lt. Joseph Bonnell
Edmund P. Gaines dispatched U.S. Lt. Joseph Bonnell to the Caddo villages of east Texas to persuade them to remain at peace. It was Bonnell who discovered the plot of Manuel Flores to incite the tribes to war against Texas. Gaines further strengthened the frontier by ordering the Sixth United States Infantry to Fort Jesup from Jefferson Barracks. He was absolutely forbidden to join cause directly with the Texas revolutionaries.  
  April 12, 1836     Santa Anna crosses
Fort Bend on Brazos River
      Houston uses the boat Yellow Stone
to cross the Brazos River
  April 14, 1836   Joseph Bonnell reaches 1st
Caddo village but finds it
deserted except for a few
children and squaws.
  ... all the warriors (~1,700) had gone to the prairies in consequence of what Manuel Flores had told them  
    Joseph proceedes to 2nd Caddo village about 12 miles away and
 finds Chief Cortes
Chief Cortes was glad that Joseph Bonnell had come, for now the Caddos had learned the truth after Manuel Flores had been telling them lies. {L301} “Tell General Gaines, the great chief, that even should the Caddoes see the Americans and  paniards fighting, they would only look on, but not take a part on either side; tell him that I will send and let our chiefs and warriors know what you have said through him.”  
    Joseph told Chief Cortes that he came as a friend, that Americans were their friends, and that he wanted the warriors to return to their villages and live in peace and hunt on their usual grounds. Chief Cortes told Lieutenant Bonnell that he would send to the prairies and inform the chiefs and all the warriors of what Bonnell had said. Joseph Bonnell’s reputation of honesty with the Caddos, which he had earned the year before, paid great dividends for the cause of the Texas Revolution.  
  April 18, 1836     Houston and his army arrive outside
of Harrisburg (within Houston, TX)
  April 20, 1836     Houston moves his army to Buffalo Bayou    
    Joseph Bonnell returns to Ft. Jessup - reports that the Indians will not make war against the Texans   An estimated 1,700 Indians are now
 no longer a threat to the Texans
  April 21, 1836     Battle of San Jacinto

Texas Revolution ends 
Texan Army (~800) under Sam Houston defeats
Mexican force
(~1,400) under Santa Anna,
( 0 Indians),
securing Texas Independence;
Santa Anna captured the next morning
      Joseph Bonnell
had sent a 'scimitar' with a 'plated scabbard'  to
Sam Houston
"... a scimitar of tried metal, with
a plated scabbard - a gift
from his friend Captain Joseph Bonnell,
of Fort Jessup.
  May 2, 1836     US General Gaines sends Lieutenant Joseph Bonnell’s report to the U.S Secretary of War for the information of the President of the United States {L328} after General Gaines learned of the Texas victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, he sent Lieutenant Joseph Bonnell’s report to the U.S Secretary of War for the information of the President of the United States  
  May 14, 1836     Treaties of Velasco    
  June 15, 1836     Filiosa, leading the defeated and demoralized
Mexican army, crosses the Rio Grande River
back into Mexico and
arrives at Matamoros, Tamaulipas
  June 30, 1836     US Army 2nd Lt. Hugh McLeod resigns his US Army commission, effective June 30, 1836    
  July 15, 1836     Albert Sidney Johnston arrives in Nacogdoches    
  August 1, 1836     Sam Houston arrives in Nacogdoches Houston had returned home to Nacogdoches after convalescing in New Orleans, then later in San Augustine, from his wound at San Jacinto  
  August 5, 1836     Albert Sidney Johnston named Adjutant General as a Colonel in the Republic of Texas Army    
  Mid-August, 1836 George W Bonnell
arrives in Texas
  September 5, 1836     Sam Houston elected president
of the Republic of Texas
  October 22, 1836     Sam Houston becomes
President of the Republic
  November 15, 1836 George W. Bonnell
 letter to Dr. Robert A. Irion
concerning 'navigation of the Colorado'
    George W. Bonnell to Dr. Robert A. Irion, concerning a petition to Col. Horton asking for the privilege of exclusive navigation of the Colorado to Bonnell and Col. Charles F. Le Barron "on the condition that we remove the raft."  
  December 27, 1836     Stephan F. Austin died  
  December 5, 1837 George Bonnell was one of the 26 who met in the capitol of the Republic of Texas at Houston, the founders of The Philosophical Society of Texas     http://library.uta.edu/findingAids/GA1.jsp  
  July, 1838     The U.S. Eighth Regiment of Infantry was organized under the immediate supervision of its colonel- William J. Worth -who established the first regimental headquarters at West Troy, N. Y., in July, 1838.  The Eighth Regiment of Infantry was organized under the immediate supervision of its colonel-William J. Worth-who established the first regimental headquarters at West Troy, N. Y., in July, 1838. On the 31st they were removed to Madison Barracks, N. Y., at which place all the companies of the regiment were concentrated by the 31st of October.  
  September 1, 1838   Joseph transferred
by US Army (on or about):
West Troy, NY and/or
Madison Barracks, N. Y
The regiment was raised under Act of July 5, 1838, and the U. S. Army Register of date September 1, 1838, gives its commissioned roster including: Captain ...  Joseph Bonnell THE EIGHTH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY
  November 3, 1838 George Bonnell, as Commissioner of Indian Affairs of the Republic of Texas, made a lengthy report     The Southwestern Historical Quarterly,
 VOL. XXVI JULY, 1922 No. 1,
The Indian Policy of the Republic of Texas,
 Anna Muckleroy - Ref #84
Senate Reports, 30 Congress,
1 Session, 512, Document 171
  December 10, 1838     Mirabeau B. Lamar
becomes President of the Republic.
  December 22, 1838      Albert Sidney Johnston
appointed Secretary of War
  January 14, 1839     Started moving the capital
from Houston to Austin
  October 17, 1839     Secretary of War Albert Sidney Johnston
 led the parade which met
 President Lamar
in Austin
bronze plaque on the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin marks the location of Johnston’s log cabin  
  December 6, 1939 the firm of Cruger & Bonnell at Austin is elected public printer      In the fall of 1839 Cruger formed the firm of Cruger & Bonnell at Austin and on December 6 that firm was elected public printer by the Fourth Congress... There is no record of printing by the new firm of Cruger & Bonnell until January, 1840.  
  December 12, 1839     Secretary of War Johnston sends a report to President Lamar  {L437}  Secretary of War Johnston sent a report to President Lamar outlining the defense of the new capital (Austin) of the Republic. His report stated that, at this time, there are four companies on the Colorado above this city  
  January 15, 1840 George Bonnell started publication of the first Austin Texas Sentinel Newspaper        
  March 19, 1840     Council House Fight    
  April, 1840 First known printed use of Mount Bonnell name - No incedent after this date can be a reason for the name's use.  
  George Bonnell publishes the
book " A Topographical
Description of Texas
    George's book is the first known (so far) printed document using the name 'Mount Bonnell', but he did not identify the source of the name.
See some of the book's pages at the referenced website link
  May-June, 1840  George W. Bonnell, in Command of  the Travis Guards and Rifles, when he led raids against the Comanches     Camp Cazneau - Located adjacent to Kenney's Fort, east of present-day Round Rock, Camp Cazneau was on Brushy Creek at the Double File Trail Crossing created by Indians passing through the area.   
  July 28, 1840 Bonnell & Cruger terminate their partnership in Austin     The laws of the Fourth Congress were printed by Cruger on the Telegraph press at Houston, after the termination on July 28, 1840, of his partnership with Bonnell.  
  September 27, 1840   Joseph Bonnell dies in
Philadelphia, PA
  December 26, 1840 George Bonnell sold the Texas Sentinel        
  February 4, 1841 George Bonnell became a charter member of the Austin Lyceum        
  June, 1841     321 men under Hugh McLeod
and George Thomas Howard 
began an invasion of Santa Fe.
  December 13, 1841     Sam Houston becomes
President of the Republic -
  November 9, 1842 George Bonnell as a Private in Capt. Fisher's Company, 2nd Regiment South Western Army     Muster Roll: Somervell Expedition, Capt. William S. Fisher's Company, 2nd Regiment South Western Army, Col. James R. Cook Commanding  
  December 26, 1842 George Bonnell
 captured by Mexicans and eventually killed
  Texans are taken prisoner in the failed
 Mier Expedition
George Bonnell was left with a camp guard on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. When the guard was ordered to retreat, he and a companion returned to the camp for horses, and Bonnell was captured  
  December 29, 1842     Agents for Sam Houston attempt to steal government records in Austin and move them to Houston in the Texas Archive War    
  March 25, 1843     17 Texans from the Mier Expedition are executed by firing squad for attempting escape    
  December 29, 1845     Annexation of the
 Republic of Texas 
by the United States of America
  ??     Seldon Graham's Research into
Joseph Bonnell's history
  August, 2002     Steven L Bonnell's first visit to
Austin, TX and Mount Bonnell
  Memorial Day
May 30, 2005
  Texas Grave Marker 
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia, PA
  House of Representatives
 79th Texas Legislature
  February 6, 2006     Seldon B. Graham, Jr. finalizes his document
Joseph Bonnell:
A Texas hero ignored by history
  April 14, 2006     Steven L Bonnell contacted concerning
Lydia Bonnell's Prayer Book,
the sister of Joseph Bonnell
        Steve receives first Joseph Bonnell document
 (Hero of the Texas Revolution, 11 pages)
from Laurel Hill Cemetery
(date & author not defined)
  August 3, 2008     Steve Bonnell visits Austin, TX
and Austin Historical Society
where he identifies the document's Author!
  August,4, 2008     Sel Graham & Steve Bonnell meet in Austin & discuss Mount Bonnell     
  September 5, 2008     REWARD
for Documented Proof published in
Bunnell / Bonnell Newsletter
    Other References:        
  JB REWARD   http://www.kbsb.com/reward     
    THE CADDO IN TEXAS, 1836-1845  Ch. V   http://www.edswebshop.com/history_of_the_caddo_indians_chap5_1.htm    
    Forgotten Texas Hero of San Jacinto   http://www.cockle.us/usma/bonnell.htm    
  GWB Savage Frontier  V III  1840-41   http://web3.unt.edu/untpress/catalog/excerpt/press270.pdf    
    THE PARENTAGE OF GEORGE WILLIAM BONNELL   http://www.kbsb.com/reward/Parentage_of_GEORGE_WILLIAM_BONNELL.pdf    
    Invasion Excitement   http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/nance/jn_382.html    
    Camp Cazneau   http://www.forttours.com/pages/colemansfortleg.asp    
    Journal of the Texian Expedition Against Mier   http://smu.edu/swcenter/tjgreen/tjg_028.htm