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The Mejia Evpedition. 5
four o'clock in the afternoon, June 26, 1832.1 Lieut. Col. Alex-
ander Yhari, with a considerable number of men prepared to
oppose the debarkation of the Santa Anna soldiers, "but the brave
chief of the detachment of the Liberating Army," says the Boletin,
"advanced in a pilot boat, took the schooner Juanita, anchored
within Pistol shot of the point occupied by Yhari, and covered the
landing of his troops from the launches. As soon as the landing
was effected, Yhari was invited to pronounce for Santa Anna,
which he refused to do, but his troops immediately proclaimed the
plan of the free, and with enthusiasm joined their Standard."2
"Immediately after taking possession of the Brazos Santiago," con-
tinues the Boletin, "a party of one hundred infantry with two
pieces of artillery, marched to Boca Chica, where they raised an
intrenchment.3 On the 27th, the force was augmented by a num-
ber of the military and citizens who hastened with delight to sus-
tain the cause of the free, or perish in the attempt.
"On the 28th a party of 54 or 60 cavalry were discovered
approaching,4 and it was the desire of the commander in chief not
to injure them, altho' he knew the obstinacy of the officer, Don
Ignacio Rodriguez, who commanded them and who retired with his
troops and occupied a position on the main road." Lieutenant
Gonzales then took the leadership of Rodriguez' men and "joined
the lines of Colonel Mejia. At the same time a party of 40
infantry of the 11th battalion also joined Colonel Mejia's divi-
'Extract from Matamoros Boletin in Tewas Gazette, July 23, 1832. Aus-
tin, writing to Ugartechea from Matamoros, July 2, 1832, says that Mejia
"disembarked in the Brazo on the 25th." Suarez y Navarro (Historia de
Mexico, 314) also says that he landed on the 25th. I have followed the
newspaper statement, as probably more accurate.
2The Boletin states that Yhari had four hundred men in his guard. Fili-
sola (Memorias, I 226) says that Yhari was taken prisoner together with
three or four men who had served him.
"Filisola (Menzorias, I 226) says that Mejla went to Boca Chica with his
4Filisola's statement (Memorias, I 227) is as follows (translation):
"At dawn Mejia put his lines in motion, and pushed onward. Nearing la
Burrita he descried a body of 70 or 80 cavalry drawn up in battle array."
'Filisola (Memorias, I 228) writes that fifteen recruits of the eleventh
battalion of the twelfth infantry incorporated themselves in Mejia's ranks.
Thus, setting aside as gross exaggeration the statement made by the Boletin
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