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gade, was ordered to the Saltillo-Monterrey area, which he was to
protect against possible attack by the federalists. The 2nd Brigade
consisted of three hundred men and three pieces of artillery.17
Arista's information concerning the movements of Jordan and
Molano was accurate, for they were indeed marching to Ciudad
Victoria, via China. The government of the department of Tamau-
lipas, upon learning of the approach of the group, abandoned the
city, leaving the garrison in command of the quartermaster, who
met Jordan and surrendered to him.' Molano wrote the prefect
of the District of Ciudad Victoria, Luis Perez, on September 29,
1840, suggesting that a junta be called for the purpose of voting
on the advisability of returning to the federalist Constitution of
1824, or the centralist Constitution of 1836, and if the first
were selected, that a provisional junta be named to govern while
the Constitution of 1824 was passed with proper reforms.'"
The junta was called by Molano and Perez on the same day, and
an act declaring for the Constitution of 1824 with certain reforms
was passed on October 1.20 The federalists installed new officers
in the city, and waited a few days to protect the new government.2'
The federalists did not remain in Ciudad Victoria for a long
period of time; on October 6, a week after their arrival, they
learned that Arista was approaching the city. Two hours from the
receipt of this news, after a hasty council, the leaders decided to
abandon the city; and Ciudad Victoria was presently evacuated.
They took a line of march which led them through the mountains
to the west of the city, and they camped in a gap of the mountains
that night. The next day they marched to Jaumave, a small min-
ing town, where they again camped. The leaders again held a
conference, and at the urging of Molano, they decided to march
The next night the federalists spent in Palmillas, and while
18Information from Anson G. Neal, Lamar Papers, VI, 99-111.
19Molano to P6rez, September 3o, 184o, Gaceta del Gobierno (Ciudad Victoria),
October 13, 1840.
2oDeclaration of the Ayuntamiento of Ciudad Victoria, October 11, 1840, El Ancla,
October 19, 1840.
21Information from Anson G. Neal, Lamar Papers, VI, 99-111.
22Ibid.; El Ancla, October 1g, 1840.
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