The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, July 1922 - April, 1923 Page: 256
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Santa Anna had reached Fort Bend with four thousand men,
and captured the ferry boat without opposition. Although a com-
pany of Texans was stationed there under Captain Wyly Martin
to watch his movements, and Captain Mosely Baker with a com-
pany from our regiment had followed him from San Felipe, they
found it useless to oppose the superior numbers.
Santa Anna had made arrangements to be met, as he was met,
by those vessels at New Washington without protection of any
naval or land force. Of this arrangement and of Santa Anna's
special maneuvre, our army seemed to have known nothing. Nor, so
far as I know, has any Texas writer on the subject mentioned
Santa Anna's design, or that Houston knew of such design.
With an actual force of hardly six hundred men Santa Anna
left his army. In all he had perhaps a thousand with him, but
the rest were only cargadores or muleteers with some four or five
hundred pack mules to be loaded. His inclination for good liv-
ing must have been a personal inducement for him to detach him-
self from his army with so small a force and go in search of it.
That we captured those articles of high living is a matter of his-
tory, as also that Santa Anna knew nothing of us to be dealt with,
but thought our army broken up and dispersed and that he had
only to meet a few bands covering the retreat of flying Texans.
He expected, too, that the Cherokees would rise further east to
annihilate us. From my own observations, I am satisfied that he
did not expect to meet an organized force, and was apprised of
our formidable opposition only when our cannon made it known.
Decidedly much of our success at that time was due to Santa
Anna's voluptuousness and to his stubbornness and despotism.
He accomplished his design of getting the cargoes of the vessels.
From the writings of a Mexican officer, one of his aid-de-camps
whose name I have forgotten," I have the information that he told
the men he took with him and those he left on the Brazos that
he expected to be back in a few days. He moved forward rapidly,
5Perhaps, Pedro Delgado, whose Diary was translated and published in a
pamphlet entitled: The Battle of San Jacinto: Viewed from both an Amer-
ican and .Mexican standpoint. Its details and incidents as officially re-
ported by Major General Sam Houston of the Texan Army. Also an ac-
count of the action written by Col. Pedro Delgado, of General Santa Anna's
staff. V. O. King, editor. Austin, 1878. Delgado's account also appears
in Linn's Reminiscences of Fifty Years in Texas. New York, 1883, pages
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