The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 158
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to cross the Guadalupe river, and on the 13th they took up their
line of march for Bejar.1
The details of the 'campaign that followed need not be given
here. It resulted in the expulsion of the Mexican troops from Texas
in the fall of 1835. The organization of the provisional government,
the quarrel between the governor and council, the unfortunate Mat-
amoras expedition, and the declaration of independence, on March
2, 1836, must also be passed over with only this bare mention.
In February, 1836, the Mexicans again invaded Texas, and while
the convention which had declared its independence was framing a
constitution for the new republic Santa Anna was besieging the
Alamo.2 The first report of the investment of the Alamo reached
Gonzales on the night of the 26th in the form of a letter from
Colonel Travis, the commander of the Texan troops, which read as
Commandancy of Bexar.
Feb. 23, 3 o'clock, p. m. 1836.
To Andrew Ponton, Judge, and the Citizens of Gonzales:
The enemy in large force is in sight. We want men and pro-
visions. Send them to us. We have 150 men and are determined
to defend the Alamo to the last. Give us assistance.
W. B. TRAVIs, Lieut.-Col. Commanding.
P. S. Send an express to San Felipe with the news night and
In response to this call a company of thirty-two men from Gon-
zales succeeded in breaking through Santa Anna's lines and on
March 1 entered the Alamo.4
1Stephen F. Austin's Order book for the operations against Bdjar.
Austin Papers. Mr. Darst says that the cannon was taken to Bdjar at
this time, and that shortly after the capture of Bdjar two four-pound
copper cannon and one nine-pound iron cannon were sent to Gonzales by
the Texan troops at Bdjar.
"The Alamo was the name applied to the old mission of San Antonio
de Valero. The chapel of this mission with its adjacent buildings consti-
tuted a strong fortification.
a Brown, History of Texas, I 550.
'Copy of a letter written by Col. Travis to a friend, dated from
the Alamo, March 3, in Telegraph and Texas Register, March 24, 1836.
Austin Papers, 19. Elsewhere in this same number of the Telegraph the
following names of some of those who went from Gonzales are given:
Capt. A. Dickinson, George C. Kimball, James George, Dolphin Floyd,
Thomas Jackson, Jacob Durst [Darst], George W. Cottle, Andrew Kent,
Thos. R. Miller, Isaac Baker, Wm. King, Jessee [Jesse] McCoy, Claiborn
Wright, William Fishback, - Millsap, Galby Fuqua, John Davis, Albert
Martin. Bennet, in THE QUARTERLY, II, 314, adds the following names
to this list: William Dearduff, John E. Garvin, John E. Gaston, Robert
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