The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 140
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140 Tewas Historical Association Quarterly.
first sergeant, William Winters second sergeant. We went to
Denese crossing on the Colorado with the intention of keeping the
Mexicans from crossing. We acted independently, without instruc-
tions from any one. Houston, at Beason's on the Colorado, sent
orders for us to fall back. We did so, marching to the prairie be-
tween the Colorado and the San Bernard. Here we joined Hous-
ton, our company by this time being composed of from 100 to 200
men. From here we marched to San Felipe, thence to Groce's I
do not remember seeing Moseley Baker; do not think he came to
At Groce's the artillery was sent for-two iron 6-pounders. We
remained in the bottom until they arrived. The steamer Yellow-
stone was in waiting, and Houston crossed his army on this. We
camped on the other side and worked all night preparing cart-
ridges for the cannon.
Early next morning we received orders to commence a forced
march in the direction of Harrisburg. Our next camp was at Don-
ohue's. Our march was continued the following morning, and the
next stop was at McCurley's. The weather was very bad all the time.
We now stopped in succession at Cypress creek, at the head of a
little bayou, and opposite Harrisburg. A little after 12 a. m. Deaf
Smith crossed over to the last named place and captured Santa
Anna's courier with valuable papers containing information as to
the route -of the Mexican army. We were then ordered forward
with all the speed possible that we might intercept Santa Anna at
Lynch's ferry. I never heard any talk as to Houston's not design-
ing to fight; or of officers or men insisting on his taking the road
to Harrisburg; or of any one doubting his intention to do so. We
went as straight as we could go towards Harrisburg. Mrs. Mann
did take her oxen from the ammunition wagon before we got to
camp at McCurley's. She needed them herself. They had been
pressed into service by our wagon master. Mrs. Mann went after
them herself and took them from the wagon. The boys had a good
joke on the wagon master, and they did not forget to use it.
The wagons were left at Harrisburg. I saw men pulling the can-
non there. There may have been horses there, but I don't remem-
ber seeing any. Roer [Rohrer] was wagon master.
We crossed the bayou about two miles below Harrisburg, just
below Sims' bayou. We fixed up the old ferry boat with flooring
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