The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 71
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Recollections of S. F. Sparks. 71
only one man in front of me who fired before I did, and so I got
the credit of firing the second gun on our side. We had out-
traveled the first regiment, and had driven Almonte about two
hundred yards before the first regiment got near Santa Anna's
breastworks. We charged with such fury that the Mexicans fled
in a very short time.
The rout was general and a great slaughter of Mexicans took
place within four hundred yards of their breastworks. Where our
two regiments got together, and the Mexicans rallied, about ten
acres of ground was literally covered with their dead bodies.
It was here that a Mexican cavalry horse jumped into a boggy
slough, and had gone under, all except his head and the horn of
the saddle. We found that we could jump from one bank to the
saddle, and from the saddle to the other bank; about fifty of us
crossed on that horse. I was the second to go over, and when I
jumped from the saddle to the bank, I struck my knee against the
bayonet of the dead rider, which had lodged in the bulrushes grow-
ing along the edge of the water. It gave me a painful wound, and
I was compelled to stop for a few minutes. Just as soon as the
deadness left my leg I went on, and had gone about two hundred
paces when a Mexican woman jumped up out of the bulrushes in
front of me. One of the regiment shouted, "I will kill you."
"No," I said, "she is a woman, and is not armed." He said he
did not care, he would kill her anyway. By this time she had come
close to us. I told him he should not kill her, but he said he
would, and made a pick at her with his bayonet, which I knocked
off with my gun. He said, "You can't knock off -a bullet," and
cocked his gun. I threw my gun on him and told him that if he
killed her I would kill him. He asked me if I was in earnest, and
I replied that I was. Then three other women, who were hiding
in the rushes, came running to us, crying and begging that I would
protect them, too.
Just at this moment Captain Seguin, who had a company of
Mexicans in our army, came up, and I said, "Captain, I'll turn
these women over to you; take care of them, and the man," and
I went on in the fight. It was a running fight. It was three miles
from where the fight began to where Almonte surrendered with
about six hundred men.
My knee gave me trouble, and I was laid up for two days; the
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