in which he needed to explain his behavior and defend his character as well as enlist his friends to defend both, so too did Houston find himself so attacked and in need of supporters.
In Jackson's final months of life he wielded all of his influence to persuade the American government to annex Texas. Jackson wanted annexation on any terms. Houston wanted annexation, but only on his terms. Houston disagreed with Jackson, but he would never quarrel with him. When Jackson died Houston, more than any other of the Tennessee lieutenants, lost a friend, an ally, a mentor, a kindred spirit, even a surrogate father. The Houston-Jackson relationship provides strong evidence of the importance above all else of loyalty to the leader. It provides dramatic evidence of the oft-noted Jackson commitment to those he trusted and of the old general's willingness to forgive errors and indeed flaws of character so long as personal loyalty to him was unquestioned and it served as still another example of how honor and interest intersected.