The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 46
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care of it until his return, which I did. Years afterwards, when
it was said Genl. Houston denied authorising the burning of San
Felipe and threw the responsibility of the act on Captain B. I won-
dered that the latter did not publish this correspondence * * *
Genl. Houston's order to Capt. Baker to burn San Felipe (if ever
given) was merely verbal. Capt. Baker knew very little about mil-
itary matters and did not sufficiently appreciate the importance of
written orders-a great error, considering his relations with the
commander-in-chief. When Genl. Houston's Fabian policy began
to develope itself on the Colorado Capt. B. vehemently opposed it.
He was in favor of fighting the enemy at the Colorado, and during
the whole campaign he denounced the commander-in-chief in un-
measured terms, and was in favor of deposing him from the chief
command. He thought General Houston deserved impeachment,
and after the battle of San Jacinto drew up charges and specifica-
tions for that purpose.
Simpson afterwards informed me that a Mexican officer overtook
and struck him with the flat of his sword-and bade him surren-
der, which he did. He was immediately taken before Santa Anna
of whom he forthwith enquired what was to be his fate. Santa
Anna replied that his life would be spared on condition that he
would tell the truth. This he promised to do. He was then
required to state all he knew in regard to the strength, condition,
position &c, of the Texian army, which he did. The Mexicans
found on his person a letter which he had recently received from
his wife and which corroborated the greater part of his statement.
He was detained as a prisoner and compelled to work until a few
days after the battle of San Jacinto[.] When the intelligence of
that event, brought by a wounded soldier, reached Felisola at Fort
Bend, Mr. Simpson says, a considerable portion of that division had
already crosed the river, but was immediately crossed back to the
west side and Filisola began his retreat. On the march, Simpson,
unnoticed, lay down in the prairie, the high grass of which con-
cealed him from view, and after the army had passed he rose and
went his way.
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