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MCMULLEN, JOHN

MCMULLEN, JOHN (1824–?). John McMullen, soldier, was born on June 27, 1824, in Baltimore, Maryland, and immigrated to Texas in 1839, perhaps in company with Samuel H. Walker. He was residing in Galveston in 1842 when he volunteered for the Somervell expedition. He was perhaps the John McMillian who served as fourth corporal of Capt. Zaccheus Wilson's company of Col. Joseph L. Bennett's First Regiment, South Western Army. McMullen was one of the command who refused to heed Brig. Gen. Alexander Somervell's order to disband and return to San Antonio, but remained with the rump of the army under Col. William S. Fisher. When Fisher reorganized the army, McMullen became a private in Capt. Ewen Cameron's Company A on the Mier expedition. He was captured at the battle of Mier and marched to Perote Prison, but according to fellow prisoner Joseph D. McCutchan, McMullen was among "those who have money" and thus was able to board at his own expense in what McCutchan referred to as "a first rate Hotell well furnished and supplied with good eatables." Of McMullen and his fellows outside of the prison McCutchan wrote, "These fellows live high and do not feel so sharp twitches of a keen cutting and unsatiated appetite." McMullen was released from captivity on September 16, 1844, and sailed from Veracruz on September 22; he arrived thirteen days later at New Orleans.

On September 28, 1845, on the eve of the Mexican War, McMullen was mustered into federal service as a private in Capt. Robert A. Gillespie's Company I of Col. John C. Hays's First Regiment, Texas Mounted Rifles, in which he served until March 28, 1846. He was elected first lieutenant in Capt. Benjamin McCulloch's Company A of Hays's regiment during the Monterrey campaign and served from June 13 until August 18, 1846. Thereafter he returned to Gillespie's company and served as a private from August 30 to September 29. In 1849, in company with John C. Hays and William Sanders Oury, McMullen left for the gold regions of California. He settled in San Francisco, where he is said to have become wealthy and socially prominent. In 1880 his daughter, Anna, married Jack Hays, the son of his former commander. McMullen also had a son, named John McMullen, Jr.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

John Duff Brown, "Reminiscences of Jno. Duff Brown," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 12 (April 1909). Thomas J. Green, Journal of the Texian Expedition Against Mier (New York: Harper, 1845; rpt., Austin: Steck, 1935). James K. Greer, Colonel Jack Hayes: Texas Frontier Leader and California Builder (New York: Dutton, 1952; rev. ed., Waco: Morrison, 1974). Joseph Milton Nance, ed., Mier Expedition Diary: A Texas Prisoner's Account by Joseph D. McCutchan (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1978). Samuel C. Reid, Jr., The Scouting Expeditions of McCulloch's Texas Rangers (Philadelphia: Zieber, 1847; rpt., Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1970). Charles D. Spurlin, comp., Texas Veterans in the Mexican War: Muster Rolls of Texas Military Units (Victoria, Texas, 1984). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Life of William Sanders Oury). Walter Prescott Webb, The Texas Rangers (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935; rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982).

Thomas W. Cutrer

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Thomas W. Cutrer, "MCMULLEN, JOHN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmc95), accessed October 24, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.