The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 89
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]eminiscences of Sion R. Bostick.
While in camp at that old mill, we moved our cannon down and
put it in an irrigating ditch. The Mexicans fired at us for several
days. Their cannon were small, being four and six pounders. We
returned the fire. I watched their balls hit, and when they got
still I picked them up, and we fired them back at them. They never
hurt any of us, and I do not know whether we hurt any of them or
In about a week2 Ben Milam called for volunteers to go into San
Antonio and take it. There were about two thousand3 men in the
city. General Cos had command and Ugartechea was a brigadier, I
believe, under him. Some two hundred4 men volunteered, but
before the affair ended about all our force were taking a hand. At
first it was necessary for some to stay and guard the baggage.
It was some time in November or early in December, if I remem-
ber right,5 when we started in to take the place. The nights were
dark. We did not go by the open roads or streets, but we went
through the old adobe and picket houses of the Mexicans, using
battering-rams made out of logs ten or twelve feet long. The stout
men would take hold of the logs and swing them a while and then
let drive endwise, punching holes in the walls through which we
Wharton, and Stephen F. Austin commissioners to the United States
(Journal of Consultation, 37). Informed of his election, Austin "ordered
a general parade of the army to take place on the 24th instant, on which
occasion he delivered an address in which he announced his determination
to accept the appointment of commissioner to the United States and with-
draw from the army" (Comp. Hist., I 558).
'The incidents recited in this paragraph appear to have preceded Austin's
resignation (Comp. Hist., 1 555, 556).
"On December 4.
'Burleson, in his report, states that the force of the enemy could not
have been "less than thirteen hundred effective men." For further infor-
mation concerning the number, see Bancroft, II 187, note.
"'The Texans who attacked the town numbered three hundred, and but
seldom more than two hundred and fifty, during the fight of four days and
nights. True, General Burleson, with the remainder of the army, main-
tained his position above the town."-F. W. Johnson's MS. History of
Texas (Comp. Hist., I 198).
"At daylight on the morning of December 5.
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