The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 37
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General Austin's Order Book for Campaign of 1835.
Head Quarters Concepcion Novr. 11, 1835
1To Capt. W. B. Travis, I [have] just been informed by Our
faithfull Harvey Birch of your success in taking a cavallarda
from the enemy of about 300 head. Your messenger informs me
that these horses are all very poor, being the refuse horses that were
dispatched from Bexar some time since for Laredo, this being the
case the horses will be useless to us here, they will be a burden
and all be lost. You will therefore drive them to the neighborhood
of Seguin's Ranch, and make an arrangement with him to take
care of them by employing men for that purpose. You will also
leave a few of your men of confidence with them. This arrange-
ment must however be left pritty much to your discretion, as it is
uncertain whether Seguin will undertake to keep the cavallarda
or can procure men to mind them. You will therefore make the
best arrangement you can to secure the horses, and have them kept
in good pasture where they will recruit.
I have to thank you, and express my approbation of your con-
duct and that of your men in this affair. It has been creditable
to yourselves and usefull to the service.
You will report as speedily as possible what disposition is made
of the Cavallarda, and return to Head Quarters with as little delay
as possible, as I wish to employ you on other important service of
an active nature.
You will bring in to headquarters as many of the horses as are
fit for active service-say twenty or thirty at least-that is if they
are fit for service. I need four to retain for expresses, and one
good one for my staff.
S. F. Austin
[ (] Confidential.)
Concepcion, Nov. 11
2To Capt. Travis, 1835
Yesterday I dispatched Capt Fannin to cut off the reinforce-
ment of 500 men-(300 are convicts tied)-and a quantity of
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