The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 55
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Reminiscences qf Early Texans.
less given to test the nerve of the men-to ascertain beyond a per-
adventure that they were willing to "do or die." On the morning
of the 20th, Lynche's ferryboat-a large and good one-had been
brought up the bayou to our camp. In this boat the army could
have been ferried over the bayou in a few hours. A floating bridge
was therefore unnecessary, and the idea of constructing one, was,
in my opinion, for these and other reasons, never seriously enter-
[13.] Recollections of Charles Amsler.
Charles Amsler, a native of Switzerland immigrated to Texas in
the summer of 1834, and settled near Mill creek in Austin's colony.
Though very poor at the period of his migration, he has, by patient
industry acquired a handsome competency. Mr. Amsler says: "In
the autumn of 1835 my wife and I were picking cotton on Mr.
Nichols's farm on Piney creek when I learned that men were needed
to strengthen our army, which was then besieging San Antonio. I
at once resolved to repair to the scene of action. With not a little
difficulty I procured a horse to ride, and having no arms of my own
I borrowed a worthless rifle of an acquaintance and set out alone
for the army late in the month of November. Near Gonzales I met
Genl. Austin-then on his way to the United States-and Col. Winm.
Pettus. With the latter I was very well acquainted. I told him
that I was going to the wars but complained of my lockless rifle.
Pettus handed me his musket-a very good one,-in exchange for
the rifle, which he promised to deliver to the owner who was a neigh-
bor of his, and I went on my way rejoicing. Upon my arrival at
the camp of the Colonial army I sought the company of Capt. John
York-to which a number of my acquaintances belonged-for the
purpose of joining it. Not finding Capt. York, who was tempora-
rily absent-I applied to the first lieutenant-John Pettus, for
permission to attach myself to the company. Lt. Pettus rejected
my application for the reason that the company already had its com-
plement of men. I then attached myself to Capt. Fisher's company
Almost immediately afterwards Col. Milam called for volunteers to
storm the town. I joined the storming party and after we had
effected a lodgment in the town and in the midst of the conflict,
Capt. York recognised me and told me he wished me to join his
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