The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 43
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Reminiscences of Early Texans.
the river, bore so far to the left that they struck the ravine (which
was impassable for cavalry) and had to make a detour to get round
the head of it. This saved us. Yet, we would still have been lost
had I listened to the rash proposition of my companion to face the
enemy and light! We had scarcely got into the canoe and pushed
it from the shore when the Mexicans were on the bank and shooting
at us. They fired two or three rounds before we reached the oppo-
site shore and one of them bade us in good English, "bring back
When Capt. Baker's men saw the Mexican cavalry galloping to-
wards the ferry, they mistook it for Wash. Secrest's spy company,
and were not undeceived until the enemy began to fire at the boat.
They then returned the fire and it was supposed, wounded one of
the Mexicans. The cavalry quickly retired and half an hour after-
wards the Mexican army arrived and encamped in the prairie, south
and west of the site of the town and from four to six hundred yards
from the ferry. Capt. Baker immediately moved his camp about a
fourth of mile further up the river, but a portion of the command
constantly occupied the ditch. Sentinels were placed along the bank
of the river for more than a mile above and below our entrench-
During the remainder of this day, the only molestation we re-
ceived was from one individual of the enemy, who posted himself
behind a brick oven near the bank of the river, and fired at us with
a rifle, the greater part of the day. I was afterwards informed that
this indefatigable rifleman was an American of the name of John-
son who had deserted to the Mexicans. At daylight on the morn-
ing of the 7th, just as I was rising from my pallet in the ditch, I
was startled by the booming of a cannon which had been planted
near the head of a ravine opposite the ferry, and on what was known
as commercial square.
Many rounds of roundshot, grape and cannister were discharged
at us, throwing the sand upon us and knocking the bark from the
cottonwood trees that extended their branches over us. , We also
suffered a casualty. John Bricker of Capt. Baker's company, after
having been relieved at his post below the entrenchment started up
to the camp, but loitered on his way to pick up cannon balls and
was struck by a cannister shot. Almost instant death ensued,
though the ball had barely buried itself in his temple. The ferry
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