The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910

Texas Historical Association Quarterly.

THE BEXAR AND DAWSON PRISONERS
EDITED BY E. W. WINKLER
The three accounts of the capture and imprisonment of the
Bexar and Dawson prisoners presented below, it is believed, have
not been printed before. They appear to have been written in-
dependently of each other. The earliest to be completed is Neill's,
dated January 29, 1843. Hutchinson's Diary terminates July 10,
1843. William E. Jones wrote his narrative, it is supposed, at
the request of Ex-President Lamar, on February 1, 1844. None
of the accounts embraces the entire period of the captivity of these
prisoners. Neill escaped December 14, 1842. Hutchinson and
Jones were liberated March 29, 1843. The majority of the pris-
oners remained in capitivity at Perote until March 23, 1844.
Some facts concerning them are narrated by Thomas J. Green
(Journal of the Texian Expedition against Mier). Green was
their fellow prisoner at Perote from March 25, 1843, until he ef-
fected his escape on July 2 following. Additional items may be
gleaned from William Preston Stapp (Prisoners of Perote).
Stapp was confined at Perote from September 21, 1843, until May
14, 1844. Two of the Dawson prisoners, Joseph C. Robinson and
Milvern Harrell, have written brief accounts of their captivity.
Robinson's account appeared in the Texas Monument (La Grange,)
of August 27 and September 3 and 10, 1851, and should be dis-
tinguished from his account of Dawson's massacre, which has been
frequently printed. Harrell's reminiscences were printed in the
Dallas News, June 16, 1907.
The fate of the Bexar Prisoners was a peculiarly severe one.
Among them were men of talent and high respectability. Many
were heads of families, and away from home when made prisoners.
None anticipated or had prepared for the captivity into which he
was dragged. They have not received the attention in the past
that their case merits. The Santa Fe expedition and the Mier
expedition had each its chronicler; the sufferings of those who
took part in them are well known. The Santa F6 prisoners
were taken in December, 1841, and released in June, 1842; the

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