Nov 7 1838
His Exc. L. W. Boggs
Comd. In Chief
Sir, I recd. from Genl. Clark
last night per the hands of Col. Price a copy of
Your order of the lst. Novr. In which you State
that neither Genls. Atchison & Lucas was called
or Ordered into the field by you. If your
Orders had of reached me before I got into
the field, I would not have went but I know
nothing of the Call for men, or of the arrangements
for giving the Command to Genl. Clark, but
acted as I have before informed You upon a
Call from Briga Genl. Parks, then in the field
(which according to military usage & ettiquette
is equivalent to an Order) for assistance, he
represented things in such a manner (which
your Excellency has been apprised of by
Williams and Major Rees) that I believed I
had no alternative but to act as I did. I have
no disposition to Thwart either your designs, or
Genl. Clark,s plans in going into the field
but after I got there with an Army of 2500. men
I could not consistently lie idle, or inactive.
For the result of my proceedings, I refur
you to my report Sent herewith. I did not
make any Report to Genl. Clark because
I did not believe it proper to do so consis=
=tent with my grade of Office.
I am very Respectfully
Yr. Obt. Servt.
S. D. Lucas
Major Genl. 4th. Divis. M.M.
P.S. If your Excellency should deem it proper
you can cause Genl. Clark to be furnished
with a copy of the above.