The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 84
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Laura and the Schr Caledonia can take the Veracruzana, and in-
sists on the movement. He gives it his opinion that it will be un-
dertaken. The citizens here are anxious, that Bejar should be
taken. In this district of country we are united, and as one man."
The fact is that Fannin instead of getting up the expeditiop
against Copano had rushed to Gonzales at the call of the patriots
there and Cos was given "free passage" to Bexar, where he arrived
on October 9. This was because of a demand made by Ugartechea
for a cannon which had been given the inhabitants of Gonzales, a
town on the east bank of the Guadalupe, eighty miles from Bexar,
for protection against the Indians. The alcalde had refused to
give up the cannon, and on September 25, 1835, the Committee
of Safety at Gonzales, satisfied that as soon as this refusal was
known Ugarthechea would send a force against them, applied to
the Committee at Mina and to J. H. Moore, Rio Colorado, for as-
sistance.19 Volunteers immediately responded to the call, and on
October 1, they numbered one hundred and sixty-eight. Mean-
while, Mexicans to about the number of two hundred had been
sent to take the cannon, and were encamped on the side of the
river opposite the town waiting reinforcements. On October 2,
the Texans attacked the Mexicans with the desired cannon, and
the Mexicans fled toward Bexar.2o Thus was fought the battle
of Gonzales; thus was begun the Campaign of 1835.
During the first part of this campaign Fannin was captain of
the Brazos Guards, and was one of the most active leaders of the
volunteers. On October 2, in connection with several prominent
leaders, he addressed a letter to his fellow-citizens urging them
to come to Gonzales "armed and equipped for war even to the
knife ;"21 and on the sixth of October, he was one of the commit-
tee who urged Austin to come at once to Gonzales, and bring all
the aid possible.22
Austin complied without delay, and on the 11th was elected
commander-in-chief of the volunteers there. On the 12th, he was
informed of the capture of the fort at Goliad, three days before,
by a small number of volunteers under Collingsworth, an event
"Foote, Texas and the Texans, II, 69.
"Foote, Texas and the Texans, II, 98-103.
'The Texas Republican, October 7, 1835. Austin Papers.
"The Texas Republican, October 10, 1835. Austin Papers.
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