The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 140
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feast, and spent nearly the whole evening and night in roasting
and eating. Indeed, the only misfortune was that many of the
men made themselves sick by eating too much.
My story is now nearly told. We proceeded from this place to
San Antonio [arriving about January 4, 1843,] where we ob-
tained a sufficiency of meal, and again had bread which we had
done without for more than twenty days. We had suffered and
-endured all kinds of hardships; our clothes had been in tatters,
and our minds and feelings oppressed by a thousand anxieties,
but, thanks to our over-ruling Providence, we were now enabled
to live again. We were here overtaken by some of our men who
had gone down the river to Guerrero, agd were informed of the
unhappy fate of the brave men who accompanied them. Only
about fifty or sixty escaped out of the whole number, these having
been left to guard the boats and horses on the river while the
others advanced on the town. This sad news cast a shade over
our feelings which it was not easy for us to cast aside, and after
remaining a few days at this place to recruit ourselves and horses,
we returned to our homes, after an absence of five months.
My story is now told, and my history of this unwisely conducted
expedition completed, in which I have tried to state facts as they
were, without doing any one injustice, or in any manner pervert-
ing truth. If our country should ever see proper to authorize
another expedition of the kind, let a general of experience and
ability be placed at the head of the army, and instead of disaster
and defeat, victory will crown her standard. All depends upon
the enterprise and ability of the commanding officer, and if he is
destitute of these important qualifications, no devotion or bravery
in the troops, no energy or exertion on their part can atone for
his errors or amend his faults,-he is the soul of the whole body,
and without a soul, the body is dead.
Let us hope that the future efforts of our country will be at-
tended with more success, and that her destiny will yet be all that
is great and glorious.
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