The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 54
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butcher them our scouts brought some information to Genl. Hous-
ton about the enemy and the butchering was not completed. By
permission, many of the men discharged and reloaded their fire-
arms. The march was then resumed towards Lynchburg-below
which place the hamlet of New Washington was then undergoing
conflagration-we distinctly saw the smoke. When the army
entered the valley of the San Jacinto it was halted for fifteen or
twenty minutes. When it resumed the march it diverged from the
road (to the left) and entered a point of timber nearly opposite
(but perhaps rather above )the mouth of Buffalo Bayou. Here, on
the bank of the bayou, the army again halted and again some beeves
which happened to be convenient, were shot down; but they were
scarcely butchered when the enemy were discovered in 'the prairie
marching towards us in solid column from below. We were quickly
under arms again and moving along up the bank of the bayou. The
march was continued about half a mile, when we halted. The
second regt. (our left wing) was posted in a point of timber-the
first Regt. farther up the bayou and under its bank (where there
was also a narrow strip of timber) [.] The artillery was posted in
the centre. (in the prairie.) On the bank, fronting the position of
the first Regiment, was a narrow fringe of thicket-which was
quickly cleared away with our knives. Before the enemy were
within rifle shot both of our cannon opened on them-They instant-
ly wheeled and moved to a position in an Island of timber, whence
they opened on us a fire of artillery and musketry.
* * * * * * *
Years after the battle of San Jacinto, Col. Burleson informed
me that on the 20th or 21st, an order was brought to him from Gen-
eral Houston by his aid (Col. Wharton) 'to detail men from his
Regiment to build a floating bridge across the bayou.-Col. B. said
he told the aid that his men would fight but would not work,-and
refused to execute 'the order. Shortly afterwards Gen. Houston
himself asked Col. B. if he refused to obey this order. Col. B.
replied-"No, General, but I decline to obey it." General Houston
then asked the Col. of he would vouch for his men. Col. B. replied
"Yes, General, I will vouch that every man in my Regiment will
* * * I do not believe that Genl. Houston wished to avoid a
conflict with the enemy. The order to build the bridge was doubt-
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