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into three divisions, with his headquarters at the mission60-the
second division on the river above the fort, and the third at a
stream of water south of the fort-all at a distance of half a mile
from the fort. They also posted a small detachment down the river,
at an old mission thereby,61 forming a cordon of posts completely
around the fort. They had captured six Americans who were out
hunting,62 whom they sent to San Antonio, where they chained them
together in pairs and kept them in close confinement until they
were released by their companions on their arrival at that place.
They made no attack or demonstration on the town or fort, but sat
down to a regular seige, intending no doubt to starve the Americans
out.68 A few days after their arrival, Magee sent fourteen mounted
men64 across the river towards the mission, to draw them out to an
CONTENTS-Defeat of the 14-Much harassed-Captain Scott's
discomfiture and desertion-Spaniards capture the horses-Desertion
of the Mexicans-Davenport and several men desert-Magee agrees
to give up the fort--Men refuse-Death of Magee-Attack the Spanish
guard-The Americans pick up courage.
When they approached near to the mission they were charged
by a troop of cavalry, and on their retreat one of them was thrown
from his horse and lassoed by a Spaniard, the others, retreating
under great alarm to the fort. The enemy, being so elated with
soMission Nuestra del Espiritu Santo was located on the north bank of the San
Antonio River opposite the presidio. Castafieda, Catholic Heritage, IV, 26.
61Other sources do not mention this mission. There were two missions in the
area-Nuestra Sefiora del Espiritu Santo, see 6on, and Mission Nuestra Sefiora del
Rosario, located four miles above or west of the presidio-but there is no mention
of the moving of either mission, an action which might account for old buildings
or ruins. Ibid., IV, 26.
62Villars says that a guard of fourteen or fifteen Americans on the San Antonio
road was captured. Whether this is the same incident or the one in the following
chapter is not clear. Information derived from John Villars, in Gulick and others,
Lamar Papers, VI, 147.
esHall says that there was a slight skirmish on the evening that the Spaniards
arrived and Villars says that one American was killed in a skirmish on the second
day. Hall also says that this engagement was brought on by Magee attacking the
Spaniards in the mission. Hall, "Revolution in Texas in 1812," Texas Almanac,
z86x, p. 71; Information derived from John Villars, in Gulick and others, Lamar
Papers, VI, 147.
64Commanded by Captain Slocum. Magee to Shaler, November 14, 1812, included
with Shaler to Monroe, November 29, 1812, Shaler Papers.
65This installment appeared in the San Antonio Tri-Weekly Alamo Express,
February 6, 1861.
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