The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 1, July 1897 - April, 1898 Page: 56
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water around my head. But here I met with an unexpected diffi-
culty. The bank on that side was so steep I found that it was im-.
possible to climb it, and I continued to swim down the river until I
came to where a grape vine hung from the bough of a leaning tree
nearly to the surface of the water. This I caught hold of and was
climbing up it hand over hand, sailor fashion, when a Mexican on
the opposite bank fired at me with his escopeta, and with so true
an aim that he cut the vine in two just above my head, and down I
came into the water again. I then swam on about a hundred yards
further, when I came to a place where the bank was not so steep,
and with some difficulty I managed to clamber up."
The following is a summary of many actual dates and some ap-
proximate dates of the movements of John C. Duval from the
time of his departure from Bardstown, Ky., November, 1835, to
his arrival at the Brazos river and the Texan camp in May, 1836:
November.-He joined, for service in Texas, a Volunteer Company
under the Command of his brother, Burr H. Duval,
afterwards killed in the Goliad Massacre.
-The Company left Bardstown "the latter part of
November" and after a two days' march reached
-Next day they took a steamer for New Orleans.
-Five days later they arrived at New Orleans.
-They immediately left New Orleans, on a schoon-
er, in tow, and via South Pass reached the Gulf.
-They set sail from South Pass for the port of Ve-
lasco, Texas. This was a seven days' sail.
-On the eighth day they anchored in the mouth of
the Brazos River, landing at Quintana.
-They remained encamped "two weeks or more"
at Quintana. They here made the acquaintance of
Brutus and Invincible, warships of the little Texan
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