The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

into the heart of the country as far as China, Tamaulipas, in search
of horses and supplies. Jordan, against the advice of the bulk of
the Texans, acceded, and proceeded with Molano and another
Mexican colonel, Luis L6pez.14
Arriving at China, the group learned that there were no horses
in the town or its environs, but that at Linares there would be
adequate supplies of every description. The band went to Linares,
in west central Tamaulipas, where supplies were found, and the
men outfitted themselves as they found necessary. They remained
there for two days, and would have returned to rejoin the main
body of federalists had the Texans had their way. Molano, how-
ever, urged the group to go to Ciudad Victoria, where, he as-
sured the men, they would receive pay. Against the advice of An-
tonio P6rez, a native of San Antonio, who suspected treachery on
the part of Molano, Jordan agreed to continue to Ciudad Vic-
toria, capital of Tamaulipas.15
Arista, waiting in Matamoros to ascertain the extent of the
threat of the Texas squadron at the mouth of the Rio Grande, had
learned that Canales and Jordan were moving toward the Rio
Grande, and when the Texas squadron departed from the mouth
of the river, he proceeded up the Rio Grande, reaching Camargo
on September 22, 1840. The next day he learned that Jordan
had crossed the river, apparently in the direction of Monterrey,
and that Isidro Reyes, commanding the 2nd Division at Mier,
had departed on September 20 to protect Monterrey from an at-
tack. Arista learned also that Canales had crossed the Rio Grande
into Tamaulipas, and that he was en route to China, after also
crossing the San Juan River.'8
Meeting his field commanders Isidro Reyes and Rafael Vasquez
at Concepci6n on September 29, 1840, Arista made plans for the
pursuit of the federalists. Reyes was given command of 650 caval-
rymen and instructed to pursue the force of Canales, reportedly
advancing on China. The next day, Arista, with the Ist Brigade
of the i st Division, departed for Ciudad Victoria, toward which
Molano and Jordan were advancing. Vasquez, with the 2nd Bri-
141bid.
Ialbid.
MOEl Ancla, September 28, 1840; March 29, 1841.

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