The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 28
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arrived is 30 men under Capt. Barragan, who reached Bexar last
night. There is not the least reason to expect any more in time,
to oppose our movements. It is my intention in a day or two to
commence such operations on the town as totally to shut in the
whole force now there. The consequence will be at least certainly
that no detachment can leave for Labahia. You therefore may
feel perfectly secure from this side. I have no doubt, by investing
the place closely on all sides, as I intend to do shortly, it will be
obliged to surrender for want of provisions. Scarce a day has
passed since our reaching this point without more or less skirmish-
ing between advanced parties from both sides, which in every in-
stance have resulted in the retreat of the enemy without any loss
on our part. It is believed that many of them have been killed.
We have taken a prisoner with his horse and accoutrements. The
enemy acknowledge the loss of one man shot in the eye and an
officer wounded. The missions are all in our possession, and
the communication with Goliad cut off. The Inhabitants generally
are favorable to our cause and from present appearances, there
is evry probability of reducing the place within 7 or 8 days. I
informed you by express that left today that D. Juan Seguin
had been here and that I had appointed him Capt. of a Company
of Volunteer Mexicans to be raised by himself. Under all these
circumstances I repeat my conviction that you need have no ap-
prehension from this quarter. I nevertheless recommend and or-
der the continuance of your exertions and Vigilance with the force
under your command to place the fortress you hold in the best
state of defense, that is possible and I positively order that no
man shall leave his post, under you, without your permission under
the penalty of being reported and published as a Deserter.
P S. Oct 24. This morning within a mile of this place, a
skirmish took place, between an advanced party of ours and one
of the enemy which resulted in their retreat with a loss it is sup-
posed of 8 or 10 Killed and some wounded, no loss on our side.
S F. Austin
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