The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 4, July 1900 - April, 1901 Page: 39
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Reminiscences of Judge Eloin Waller. 39
detail into the fort for more. To this the courage .of his men was
unequal, as in going into the fort they must necessarily be exposed
to the deadly fire of the rifles. Enraged at their cowardice, the
officer himself 'made the attempt, but fell almost the instant he
exposed his body. This terrified the company, and they communi-
cated the countersign to the fort, and then amid the wild huzzas of
the patriots the white flag fluttered from the fort.
"And the red field was won."
In the battle Edwin Waller was wounded, in the head, and 'it is
probable that his life was saved by his having tied around his brow
a thickly twisted handkerchief, which turned or deadened 'the force
of the bullet, but the concussion gave him a painful bruise and a
pair of black eyes for several days after. Among others killed
and wounded are remembered several from Matagorda county, a
detachment having joined the Texans from that county, organized
by S. B. Buckner and Robert H. Williams, the former of whom was
killed and the latter wounded, losing an eye as already stated.
'The garrison, after their surrender, were allowed to retain their
side-arms and personal property, and some of them were sent by
water to Matamoros.
'This battle .occurred during the supremacy of Bustamente, which
was succeeded by that of Santa Anna, who, soon after his accession
to power, dispatched five vessels of war, heavily laden with troops
and munitions, to retake the Fort of Velasco, and to exterminate
the capturers thereof." IThis armament, with colors flying, and with
'The Mejfa expedition. This sentence is misleading. The expedition oc-
curred ,several months before (Bustamente's supremacy had been overthrown
It 'was not despatched by Santa Anna, as the narrative here states, but was
hastily ,organized by Mejfa himself without orders from his commander-in-
chief, and carried out with the approval of his immediate superior, Mocte-
zuma. 'It came about in this fashion: In 1830 Bustamente, who had been
vice-president of the Mexican Republic under Guerrero, and had driven the
latter from the city, assumed the functions of the presidency. In January,
1832, the garrison at Vera (Cruz had demanded the dismissal of Bustamente's
obnoxious ministry, and had invited ,Santa Anna to take the lead against
the Bustamente party. 'This -declaration is called the Plan of Vera 'Cruz.
Santa Anna accepted the invitation. In &the civil war 'that followed, Colonel
Mejia, in charge of a small force of Santa Anna's supporters, was con-
ducting a movement against Colonel Guerra of t'he Bustamente party, who
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