The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920 Page: 85
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James W. Fannin, Jr., in the Texas Revolution
which proved of great benefit to the army, for in the fort were
found stores and supplies which were of immediate use. On the
13th the army started for Bexar, and by the 20th had reached the
Salado, about five miles from the city, where they halted to await
reinforcements. Here Austin dispatched Bowie and Fannin with
a small detachment to visit Espada and San Jos6 Missions, in
order to learn their condition, to secure supplies, and to protect
the La Bahia road.28 Fannin and Bowie took up their position
at the Espada Mission and sent several letters to Austin, dated
October 22, 23, and 24, reporting mainly on their situation and
asking for more men and for money with which to purchase sup-
The entire army now left the Salado, and established head-
quarters at Espada, and on October 27, Austin sent the first divi-
sion of Fannin's company and others attached to that division
(in all about ninety men) under the command of Bowie to select
a place of encampment for the army nearer San Antonio.25 After
inspecting San Juan and San Jos6, they proceeded to Concepci6n,
one and one-half miles from town, selecting ground for the camp
in the bend of the river within five hundred yards of the mission.
Next day they were attacked by four hundred Mexicans, whom
they completely defeated, thirty minutes before the main volunteer
army of the Texans came up.26
When morning broke (October 28), Bowie and Fannin had found
themselves almost surrounded by Mexicans, but withdrawing into
the river bottom where protection was afforded them by the bank
of the river as well as by a skirt of timber, they divided their
command into two parties. The Mexicans advanced to within two
hundred yards of Fannin's right and opened an effective fire.
Bowie now wheeled his division and stationed himself at Fannin's
left. The Mexicans pushed to within eighty yards of the Ameri-
cans and sounded a charge; but their cannoneer was killed, and
the charge quickly checked. Three times the Mexicans attempted
to charge, but each time they were repulsed, the last time fleeing
2THE QUARTERLY, XI, 5-22.
"THE QUARTERLY, XI, 32.
"The official account of this battle is given in the Telegraph and Teas
Register of November 14, 1835.
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