The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 92
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92 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
at them. We would not let them cross, and they went down the
Brazos and crossed at Richmond.1 We were ordered to join Hous-
ton at Donoho's below Groce's Retreat, outside of the Brazos bottom
in the edge of the prairie.
The scouts reported that Santa Anna had gone down to Harris-
burg on Buffalo bayou, where he never halted, but, after burning
the place, moved on down the bayou to a point opposite the mouth
of the San Jacinto river, or rather below there. Houston's army
followed, found Harrisburg burned up, moved on down the bayou,
and went into camp just above the mouth of the San Jacinto river.
The Mexicans came back up the river and some skirmishing took
place on the 20th. They camped that night not far from Houston's
The next day in the evening, Houston ordered us to attack the
Mexicans. Sherman on the left commenced the fight. We were all
on foot except a small cavalry force under Lamar. We moved down
a slope slowly, but when we started up a long sloping ridge (the
Mexican breastworks were on the top of it), we all went in double-
quick. Every one of us was yelling: "Remember the Alamo! Re-
member Fannin!" In a little while the Mexicans broke and ran.
Just back of their camp was low marshy land and a kind of lake.
Many of then tried to cross, but they bogged down, and we shot
them. A few got through, and we captured them next day.
Capt. Moseley Baker told me -on the morning of the 22nd to
scout around on the prairie and see if I could find any escaping
Mexicans. I went and fell in with two other scouts, one of whom
was named Joel Robinson, and the other IHenry2 Sylvester. We had
horses that we had captured from the Mexicans. When we were
about eight miles from the battle field, about one o'clock, we saw the
head and shoulders of a man above the tall sedge grass, walking
through the prairie.8 As soon as we saw him we started towards
'Then known as Fort Bend.
'James A. See note 3 below.-EDIToR QUARTERLY.
"'On the morning of the 22d * * * a party was detailed and sent
out under command of Gen. Burleson. This party proceeded in the direc-
tion of the bridge on Vince's bayou. * * * When we reached the
bayou, we divided into squads of five or six persons. * * * The party
I was with consisted of six, * * * . Their names are as follows:
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