The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 44
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did they receive any. Our vessel [had] done the enemy no injury
but had one man killed and one wounded.
Our breast-work was riddled literally to pieces and it would
seem impossible that a man could possibly escape death who was
behind it. Take this battle all together, and History in the most
chivalrous times cannot equal it-the number engaged, the hurry
in which they were called, totally undiciplined, badly armed, and
under a heavy fire to march up cooly and deliberately within
thirty paces of a strong fortress of disciplined troops well armed
and very nearly double their numbers, with a determination to
succeed, realy seems to savor more of wreckless hardihood than of
So soon as it was ascertained that the fort of Velasco was re-
duced the commandant of Anauhuac deserted his post at night and
fled for New Orleans and the Garrison surrendered. The people
of the vicinity of Nacogdoches raised in arms and reduced that
post, and finally the troops were glad to get out of the country
and the old Padra with them. Texas was now cleared of custom-
house officers, the military and Priesthood and we then had peace
for a little season. Much might be said here of the acts of our
famous Ayuntamiento of San Felipe about that time, how strongly
they opposed us, and called us rebels, called on the militia to put
us down etc all of which should be matters of History, but in as
much as they could effect nothing, and their acts not very credit-
able to themselves, I hope they may be forgotten and for ever
buried in oblivion. It will be recollected that at this time Busta-
menta [Bustamante] was in power in Mexico and had abandoned
the constitution and was aiming to establish a central or military
Government and Santa Ana was in opposition to him and batling
for the constitution. We had declared in favor of Santa Ana, not
that we had any choice in names for we had no more confidence
in one Mexican than another, but we had been sworn to support
the constitution and were willing to redeem our pledge. the fact
is we were determined to protect ourselves from insult and injury.
We could not be called rebels, because we were battling for our own
constitution and too, under the Mexican flag which we had nailed
1Accounts of the battle of Velasco have appeared in THE QUARTERLY,
IV, 36-39; VI, 288-292.
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