The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 40
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40 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
and sixty yards. From our place of encampment it was much
further by water to the fort than by land. The vessel was to drop
down to a certain point and there await a signal. We had also a
keel boat, on board of which was put our palisadoes, spades, hoes
axes etc. One company consisting of about twenty men was or-
dered to strike the Gulf east of the fort and follow the beach
down to a certain point, and lodge themselves in the drift logs,
within about one hundred and fifty yards of the fort, and bring
on the attack by opening a fire on the fort at a given hour. It will
be recollected that we had a bayou, called east union, to cross
which was within about half a mile of the fort-was a deep and
muddy tide water bayou across which a bridge had been thrown
previously, but the MVexicans had anticipated us, and removed the
planks, though they had not time to get away the sleepers, which
however, were narrow and full of long iron spikes, which rendered
a passage on them not only tedious but dangerous. We well knew
they had the bearing of that bridge and if they could only find us
out in crossing, that we must suffer severely from the effects of
their nine pounder, but this we were obliged to hazard. The bal-
ance of the men were divided into two companies. One a select
band of about twenty whose duty it was to act as pioneers to march
in front and afford protection to the others who bore the palisadoes
and other implements, and to serve as a breast-work to them, and
protect them from any sally that might be made from the fort
until the breast-work was planted and the ditch made, and then to
take shelter behind it. This select band I had the honor to com-
mand, and Captain John Austin took command of the other. So
that the land forces were divided into, three companies, but with a
view that all would ultimately cooperate at the breast-work so soon
as it could be planted. It was believed that the company sent round
to the east to bring on the action would employ the attention of the
Garrison until the vessel could drop down to her moorings and
then she was to open her battery, and under the two fires it was
presumed that the palisades could be planted and the breast-work
made and remain unobserved until daylight, when every shot would
tell, and if they would not then surrender that a sufficient number
would jump into the ditch, which surrounded the fort, with spades
hoes axes etc and cut their way thr ugh while the remainder af-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911, periodical, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101054/m1/48/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.