The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903

Account of the Battle of San Jacinto. 139
AN ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO.1
JAMES WASHINGTON WINTERS.
I was born in Giles county, Tennessee, January 21, 1817. I
came to Texas from Memphis, Tennessee, with my father and all
his family. Mr. Bankhead and his family came with us. We came
through Arkansas on the Trammell's Trace. In Arkansas Mr. Geo.
Lamb, who was on horseback, joined us, and remained with us all
the time, even after reaching Texas. Bankhead never obtained any
lands, but just rented. He was taken sick and died soon after his
arrival. Lamb eventually married Bankhead's widow.
My father's family located in the "Big Thicket," between the
eastern and western prongs of the San Jacinto river. When we
heard of Cos's entry into Texas we were among the volunteers who
started out to repel him. When my father, my brothers, and I
reached San Felipe, on the Brazos, we heard that Cos had already
been whipped out of the State. We met Sam Houston, who told
us to go back home and make all the corn we could, for in the
spring would come the clasb. This was late in the fall, about De-
cember, 1835. I was then about eighteen years of age.
On March 12, 1836, about eighteen .of us organized a company
on the San Bernard; we chose William Ware captain, Job Collard
first lieutenant, George Lamb second lieutenant, Albert Gallatin
'Contributed by Mrs. A. B. Looscan, historian of the Daughters of
the Republic. The narrative of Mr. Winters was recounted at the resi-
dence of Mrs. M. J. Briscoe in Houston, June 7, 1901, in the presence
of Mrs. Briscoe, Mrs. Looscan, Miss Belle Penn, Miss Adina de Zavala,
Mr. P. Briscoe-part of the time-and Mr. Winters's son.
Mr. Winters had just been serving as the appointee of the Texas Vet-
erans' Association to assist in designating important localities on the
San Jacinto battle ground, which were marked by the San Jacinto Chapter
of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
The narrative which follows is the result of what might be termed an
interview, different members of the party asking questions, and the
answers being written down by Miss de Zavala and Mrs. Looscan, the
whole afterwards being read to and certified by Mr. Winters. Though the
circumstances of its construction have given the narrative some irregulari-
ties, it has been thought best to retain them.-EDIToR QUARTERLY.

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