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accurring [sic] by those that returned home from San Antonio. And
the precipitate march to meet Arredondo just at the time that a
considerable accession was beginning to arrive, kept the American
force from increasing during the expedition."' It never exceeded the
number that started from the Trinity river. And their losses, previous
to their defeat caused in part by their own folly in allowing themselves
to be hurried into battle and in part by the treachery and cowardice
of their pretended friends, was sixteen killed and one mortally wound-
ed; while the royalists lost in the same time nearly fifteen hundred.
I have used the terms "Spaniards" and "Mexicans" to distinguish the
two parties. Most of the troops in the Royal army were Mexicans
always ready to join the successful party.
It may be inferred that the American troops were insubordinate
and ungovernable: If they had yielded to the commands and intreaties
[sic] of Magee and surrendered on the terms agreed on by him and
Salcedo, there would not one escaped to tell their fate, their bones
or ashes would have been mingled with Faning's and his men's over
the plains around La Bahia.
All the Indian tribes that the Americans had any intercourse with,
in Texas previously to their defeat, were very friendly supplying them
with meat and such other commodities as they had to barter, on very
reasonable terms. There were several parties came to visit them, before
they left Nacogdoches and they were supplied with dried buffalo meat
on their march, west of Trinity, for which the Indians would have
nothing in exchange; and, after the Spaniards retreated from La Bahia
several parties of the Lipans came in and supplied the troops with
dressed deer skins, moccasins in exchange for a few loads of ammu-
nition-manifesting great joy in the vicinity of such neighbors tender-
ing their services if they were desired and the Tonkaways made them
several friendly visits in San Antonio."' A delegation of Camanches
numbering some thirty or forty, commanded by one of their principle
chiefs, also came in to San Antonio soon after the arrival of the Amer-
icans, manifesting, the most unbounded friendship-tendering the
services if they were desired, the chief was referred to Bernardo by
7l1Bullard brought with him to San Antonio a company of forty men, well
mounted, well equipped, and uniformed. [Bullard], Book Review, North American
Review, XLIII, 239.
'72The "Review of Erroneous History" ends and the "Appendix" begins in the
San Antonio Tri-Weekly Alamo Express, March 1, 1861. On page 3 of this issue
appears the following: "The Magee Expedition-In this number ends the 'review
of erroneous history.' The appendix which winds up this most interesting narrative
will be found very readable and important to history."
1'7Villars says that of the Indian allies, none were of any account except the
Cochattees who fought bravely and suffered much. Information derived from John
Villars, in Gulick and others, Lamar Papers, VI, 151.
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