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dition and reliable authority; and as such I regret, that I am com-
pelled to differ with him in many of his details of it. He starts Magee
on the same road with Yoakum. But he starts Salcedo and Herrera or
their troops from La Bahia by the way of San Antonio to meet Magee,
pursuing a road diverging from the one they were on at the St. Marks,
where they expected to meet him-some forty or fifty miles. It is not
a supposable case that Salcedo was not informed of the march and
almost every movement of the Americans, until he was assured of
their destination. He then prepared to meet them. All his garrisons
east of San Antonio having fallen back to that place at least one month
before the Americans arrived at La Bahia on the' ist or 2d of No-
vember, and did not find one soldier in the place and that Salcedo
and Herrera arrived on the 7th and surrounded them-that the Amer-
icans had found an old cannon and mounted it. He then describes
the disposition of their troops around the fort and on the same day,
the 7th, says, "Magee marched over and attacked the division at the
Mission but night coming on terminated the contest without any
serious consequences."
Magee must have been a very reckless Commander, to cross the
river and attack the enemy in the Mission, protected, by a stone wall
8 or 9 feet hight [sic], leaving two divisions of their army on his own
side of the river, double his own force each at about the same distance
from the fort, ready to march in or cut off his retreat outside, (perhaps
they were two [sic] much fatigued with their march,) I was not in
that battle.
He tells of their mounting an old rusty cannon that had been ex-
posed to the earth and the elements for more than a hundred years.
[I did not help mount that cannon]."" He must be fond of the mar-
velous, he represents the royalists, as receiving nine splendid cannon,
which would throw shot to a distance of three miles, but that they
could not effect a breach in the strong walls of Goliad. [I never saw
those cannon]. It is a little remarkable that they should endeavor to
batter down the walls that were protecting themselves, they were the
was appointed adjutant-general of the Texas army by David G. Burnet, and served
as Secretary of War while General Rusk was absent with the army. In 1842 he
took an active part in the expulsion of Adrian Woll's army. He practiced law in
Brazoria County before moving to Galveston Island where he died in 1867. Texas
Almanac, 1861, p. 7o.
167A new installment of the "Review of Erroneous History" begins at this point,
appearing in the San Antonio Tri-Weekly Alamo Express, February 25, 1861.
168Yoakum states that among the sixteen cannon found in La Bahia were some
brought to San Bernardo by La Salle in 1685. Gutierrez says that three pieces of
cannon were found in La Bahia. Yoakum, History of Texas, I, 163; Gutierrez de
Lara to the Mexican Congress, August 1, 1815, in Gulick and others, Lamar Papers,
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