The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 91
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Reminiscences of Sion R. -ostick.
side arms. They agreed to leave Texas. We consented to this, they
left, and we all dispersed to our homes.1
About February, 1836, they came back with a large force and
attacked San Antonio, where Colonel Travis and Bowie and Crock-
ett were in charge of the old Alamo fort. I was at home at Colum-
bus, but on the 21st day of March, after the Alamo had fallen and
Fannin and his men had been massacred,2 I re-enlisted at Columbus
under Capt. Moseley Baker, who had a company in Colonel Ed.
Burleson's regiment of Houston's army, then retreating before the
Baker's company was sent" to San Felipe to guard it, and Hous-
ton's army crossed4 the Brazos above San Felipe at Groce's Retreat.'
My company crossed the Brazos at San Felipe and threw up some
little fortifications. After the Mexicans crossed the Colorado river,
General Houston ordered us to cross over the river and burn' San
Felipe. The people had already abandoned the place, leaving every-
thing they had in the houses and stores. We obeyed our orders, but
remained in camp on the east side of the Brazos opposite San
Felipe, and placed a picket guard on the west side to give notice
of the approach of the Mexicans.
In a few days,7 the Mexicans came up. One morning about sun-
rise they captured Simpson, one of our pickets. The other three
pickets, Jack Bell, I. L. Hill, and Pettus got away and crossed the
river in a dugout. We had some skirmish firing across the river
'See Burlesou's and Johnson's Reports and Articles of Capitulation;
Brown, I 417-426; Thrall, 222-229.
'This should doubtless read "Fannin and his men had surrendered," for
they were not massacred until March 27, but news of their surrender
reached Houston on the Colorado. See QUARTERLY, IV 299, note.
'Rather Baker and his men refused to follow Houston up the Brazos,
and so were left at San Felipe (QUARTERLY, IV 246, notes 2-1).
'Houston's army remained in camp on the west side of the Brazos at
Groce's Ferry nearly two weeks before crossing (QUARTERLY, IV 246, 248).
6QUARTERLY, IV 247 and note 2.
'On April 7.
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