The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 44
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44 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
boat was this day scuttled and sunk in obedience to an order from
Genl. Houston received by Capt. Baker the evening of the 6th.
The Mexicans cannonaded us daily from the 7th to the 10th Apl.
inclusive. On the morning of the 11th we ascertained that the
enemy had left San Felipe. About this time Captain John Byrd
with a company of mounted men rode into our camp and informed
Capt. Baker that he had verbal orders from Genl. Houston to
supersede him in the command of that post. Capt. Baker immedi-
ately paraded his men and informed them that Capt. Byrd had been
sent to supersede him, to which, he said, he was not disposed to sub-
mit. He said he had defended the crossing until the Mexican army
had departed and he could not see the necessity of remaining any
longer in that position-but submitted it to the men whether they
would remain or march to rejoin 'the army. All voted to march.
Capt. Baker therefore issued orders to that effect and early in the
night we took up the line of march-leaving Capt. Byrd's company
at our camp.
That night we marched to Irons's creek-six miles. Next morn-
ing (Apl. 12th) we crossed the creek-which was much swollen--
on a raft, and encamped on the east side, where we remained two
days. Meantime the Mexicans had effected the passage of the river
at Fort Bend, despite the vigilance of Capt. Wyly Martin, to whom,
with a company composed of the men of that neighborhood, the
defense of that crossing had been entrusted. While we lay at
Irons's creek, Capt. Martin and his company and many of the fugi-
tive families of Fort Bend passed within a mile of our camp. Cap-
tain Baker went out to see them. He returned to camp much
affected by the distress he had witnessed among the women and chil-
dren, a number of whom were travelling on foot. Learning from
one of the ladies that she had been insulted by a negro man, he
sought the negro and intended, had he found him, to run him
through with his sword. Captain Baker wept.
On the morning of the 14th we resumed the march and the same
evening rejoined the army at Donaho's. * * * On the 18th
Apl. the army arrived at Harrisburg-and encamped. On the
morning of the 19th the army was paraded. Genl. Houston ad-
dressed us. He said the enemy was not far off and he was going
to lead us against them-said if there was a man in the ranks
who did not feel like fighting he had permission to remain with
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