The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 49
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General Austin's Order Book for Oampaign of 1885.
Head Quarters before Bexar Nov. 18, 1835, 12 o'clock.
To the President of the General consultation of Texas'
In my last I communicated the taking of a cavallarda of 300
horses by a detachment under the command of Cap. W. B. Travis.
I now enclose his detailed report, and beg leave to recommend the
services of Cap. Travis and the men who composed his party
On the 9th instant I recd information which was entitled to
attention, that a reinforcement was on the road from Laredo to
join Genl. Cos. I immediately ordered Capt. Fannin to take com-
mand of sixty five men from the encampment at the Mission of
Concepcion, which were to have been joined by an equal number
from the encampment above Bexar, and to proceed on the Laredo
road to intercept the reported reinforcements. Cap Fannin
marched promptly, but was not joined by the party from the
upper camp, he however proceed[ed] on the Laredo road as far
as rio frio. He returned last night. I enclose his official report.
This officer has been very efficient and I recommend him as one
of the officers of the regular army when it is organized.
On the 14th I recd. information that Col Ugartechea left Bexar
the night before for Laredo supposed[ly] for the purpose of escort-
ing the expected reinforcements-I immediately dispatched Col.
Burlison with one hundred and thirty men in pursuit of him. I have
since learned that Ugartechea had a man for a pilot who has lived
with the Comanches and that he will make a great circuit by the
hills on the head of [the] Medina, the prospect of Burlison's meet-
ing him is therefore doubtfull. According to the best accounts
the reinforcements have not yet left Laredo.
The enemy are shut up in the walls and fortifications of Bexar,
parties of our volunteers go round the town dayly, and within
cannon shot. We have picked up about twenty of their six pound
I have heretofore on various occasions submitted to a council of
officers the Storming of the fortifications, and I am now decidedly
in favor of that measure, so soon as the orleans Greys get up from
Goliad; and Burlisons detachment returns. The works are stronger
than they were but are greatly extended, and consequently the
defending force is very much scattered. The troops inside are
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