The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 39
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Reminiscences of Henry Smith.
I was one, and still continued to urge the propriety and necessity
of reducing the fort at Velasco, by strategem if possible, or other-
wise by storm, and with much pursuasion and argument a majority
of the committee concured with me in opinion, and we so reported.
This was now evening and 10 oclock the next morning was the time
appointed to rendezvous on the east side of the river armed and
equipped for the contest. At the time appointed about one hun-
dred men and boys were assembled with such outfit as the short-
ness of the time would permit them to procure. Officers were
elected and the line of march immediately taken up for Velasco.
We arrived in sight by 10 oclock the next morning and encamped
on the river about two miles above the fort where we were well
sheltered by an intervening point of timber. Here we had to re-
main several days to make the necessary preparation for a storm,
as we found the garrison was advised of our approach and designs,
and the commandant being an energetic and efficient officer could
not be taken by surprise. The vessel which had been procured
was now intended to cooperate with us in the attack. She was
mounted with four six pound carronades and one swivel. But
few round shot could be procured, and balls were made of draw-
ing chains wound up to suit the caliber, and slugs cut of square
bar iron and junk bottles filled with buck shot. This was the best
preparation that could be made to storm a fort in which a breach
could not have been made by the heaviest mettle. The men on
board was protected by a breastwork of cotton bales During the
time our vessel was getting in readiness, we had prepared a kind
of breast work for the land forces which was made of cypress plank
ten or twelve feet in length nailed on battons to the widths of about
four feet which were to be set up with props. During this time
scouts were ranging every night to surprise their picket, but none
could ever be found and as such the fort was closely reconoitered
every night, and such observations made as circumstances would
permit. The enemy during this time were not idle. Every vigi-
lance was used to strengthen their works and secure provisions.
All things being in readiness the plan of attack was agreed to. The
vessel was to be furnished with a sufficient number of men to man-
age her guns. She was to drop down the river and moor herself
at a certain designated point, distant from the fort one hundred
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