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The Escape of Rose from the Alamo.
fort and the small suburb of Laveleta was likewise obstructed.
This was the situation when I explored part of the ground in 1842.
During the siege, though the people in the town heard the reports
of fire-arms, as used by the besiegers and the besieged, none of them
could see what was done about the fort without needlessly risking
their own lives, which they probably had no inclination to do. The
men in the fort (all bt Rose), were killed, none surviving to tell
the story. Mrs. Dickinson and Travis's negro were shut up in
rooms, and could not see what was done outside the fort, nor much
that was done in it. None of the Mexicans knew all that was done,
and the official reports of the Mexican officers were not distin-
guished for veracity. Then, how can any person at this late period
disprove Rose's statement of what occurred about the fort?
I must notice an error which has been thrust into history, which
seems to have been relied upon as a disproof of Rose's statement.
That is, that, prior to March 3d, 1836, no Mexican soldier had
approached within rifle-shot of the Alamo.1 But both probabilities
and facts are against this assertion. We know that Santa Anna,
during his Texas campaign in 1836, perpetrated some gross blund-
ers; but, to say that he stormed the Alamo without first having it
closely reconnoitered to obtain, so far as practicable, a knowledge
of the strength of its walls and of the condition of its defenders
would be to accuse him of incredible stupidity, and to say that he
delayed doing so till after the ninth day of the siege would be an
accusation to the same effect. To my mind, it would be clear with-
out positive evidence that, for this purpose, before the ninth day
he sent scouting parties even to the ditches which surrounded the
walls. As such approaches could not be made in daylight, they
were of course made in the night, when but few persons even in
the Mexican army were aware of them, excepting those who partic-
ipated in them. And, of course, the watchful inmates must have
slain a large number of those who thus approached.
But we are not without positive evidence that such approaches
were made. At least, I have it. Colonel Travis had not leisure
to write everything in his dispatches, and of course he sent out as
couriers some of his most reliable men, who would state facts and
'Rose asserted in the story of his escape that when he left the Alamo he
saw numbers of dead Mexicans lying near the walls.-EDITOR QUARTERLY.
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