The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909 Page: 72
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third day it was stiff and sore, but Bailey assisted me to walk over
to where the prisoners were, which was not very far from where
we were camped. While I was walking along the south side of the
line of prisoners, a woman on the north line of the enclosure came
running through the prisoners; she was talking excitedly in her
own language. The guard ordered her to stop, but she paid no
attention to him. A man was standing near who understood her
language, and he said to me, "She is talking to you." I told him
to tell her to stop or the guard would shoot her, and to ask her
what she wanted. She told the man that I had saved her life,
and the lives of three other women, while one of our men was
going to kill her, and she wanted to get near me to tell me that
she would know me when, or wherever she saw me, and that if I
was ever made a prisoner by her people, and she could get to me
that she would release me or die. By this time the other three
women came to where she was, and they all said the same thing;
then they all threw kisses, and made the sign of the cross on their
breasts. I thanked them, but told them that I would never be
their people's prisoner.
While I was standing there leaning on Bailey, there was a stir
among the prisoners. They were jumping to their feet, and clap-
ping their hands, and saying, "Santa Anna." I looked and saw
two of our men on horseback and a Mexican in front pointing with
his finger, and saying "Houston."
He was carried to where Houston lay under a tree, suffering
from his wound. I told Bailey that that was Santa Anna, and
to carry me to where Houston was. He did so. When we got
there, Zavala was there, and Santa Anna was introduced to Hous-
ton. About the first question he asked was, whether General
Houston rode in front of his men on a dapple gray horse, with
drawn sword. Houston answered that he rode such a horse, and
was in front with the other officers. Santa Anna asked if it was
customary for commanders of the forces of the American army to
ride in such exposed positions. Houston said, "The American
generals say 'come on,' not Cgo on.' " He said the general was no
more than the private, and that they were all generals. Santa Anna
said he believed him, and that if he had five thousand such men to
fight with him he could take the City of Mexico. He said that he
had fought many battles, and had read of many, but never saw nor
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 12, July 1908 - April, 1909, periodical, 1909; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101048/m1/80/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.