The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 4
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
Head Quarters Gonzales Octr. 12, 11 oClock A. M.
To Captn. Benjn. Smith, G. W. Collinsworth and Captn. John Alley.
The information of the taking of Goliad by Captn. Collinsworth
has this moment been received.
You were informed by express last night that the army would
cross the river, today, and take up the line of march for Bejar,
and you were ordered to form a junction as soon as practicable by
the best and shortest route which your position would permit.
The army are crossing and will be all over, today, and march
with all possible dispatch for Bejar.
The Fort of Labahia must be retained. As at present advised
it is considered that one hundred men will be amply sufficient,
for that object. The balance of the Detachment, will march with
all possible dispatch and join the Army. The point of Junction
will depend on the information you may have of the movements of
the enemy. I can, therefore only say that the crossing of the Sivolo
or of the Salado or some point between them, would be a convenient
You will distinctly understand that Labahia is to be retained,
and the public stores secured so far as practicable, especially, the
army amunitions which are now needed by the army, and you
will send as large a supply of them with the detachment which is
to join. as can be done without retarding its march too much.
You understand that the position taken by the people of Tejas
is to support the Federal Constitution of 1824, and to oppose
It is understood that the people of Goliad, and Victoria are in
favor of the same cause, we are defending. You will therefore
spare no pains to inform them of our principles-and get them to
pronounce for the same Cause and elect members to the Consulta-
tion which has been post poned till the 1st day of November.
You will send as many men to join the army as can be spared,
so as not to endanger the objects mentioned in the communication.
(Signed [)] S. F. Austin, Commander gr.
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