The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 70
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would turn back, and we could not force them across. At mid-
night the order was countermanded.1
In the morning we began to prepare to cross the river. Houston
asked for three hundred men to volunteer to remain and guard
the baggage; after so long a "time he succeeded in getting that
number to remain.
The only means we had of crossing the river was in a little boat,
something on the order of a ferry-boat. It was so small that only
twelve could cross at a time. By the time we were ready to march
it was dark. We took Santa Anna's trail, and marched all night
until about an hour before daylight, when we were ordered to rest
on our arms.
At daylight we resumed the march, and got to our camp on
Buffalo Bayou. General Houston ordered Colonel Sherman to
take the cavalry and find Santa Anna's whereabouts. As he was
going down San Jacinto Bay, Sherman came on him and decoyed
him. When he saw that we were there he fired his cannon on us
(he had no idea that Houston's army was there) until we returned
the fire with the "twin sisters." We turned and camped within
three-fourths of a mile below the battleground.
The next day the two armies skirmished all the afternoon, and
up into the day after, when we attacked them about ten o'clock in
General Cos reinforced Santa Anna with six hundred troops.3
We sent Deaf Smith to cut and burn Vince's Bridge. When he
reported the bridge destroyed, Houston made preparation to attack
Santa Anna. Burleson's regiment attacked Santa Anna's breast-
works with the "twin sisters," while Colonel Sherman and Colonel
Bennett attacked Almonte (who was in the timber, and in a ravine
made by the water). Both our regiments were volunteers, and
knew nothing whatever about drilling. My captain's company was
the front of the regiment, and we marched in double file. We were
ordered not to fire until we could see the whites of the enemies'
eyes. When we got within three hundred yards of the ditch we
were ordered to charge, and we charged in double file. There was
1This incident is not mentioned by any of the contemporary narratives.
See THE QUARTERLY, 1V., No. 4.
2For more accurate accounts of these operations, see THE QUARTERLY, IV.,
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