The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 42
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
every few miles, and each night camped in a field where we
found good corn cut down and shocked up. There were num-
bers of sheep, too, about the ranches, and we had plenty of mut-
ton. Horses and men fared well for the time.
Arrived at the point opposite Guerrero, we effected a crossing
with three canoes, obtained in our advance. Half of the men
of a company would go over at a time, and stand to catch the
horses driven in the river by the other half, who in turn then
crossed. It took us till after dark to get through and camp in
a field of corn. Early the next morning a flag of truce, under
an escort, was sent to town to demand a contribution of five thou-
sand dollars in specie, less perhaps the price of some flour and
coffee mentioned. We passed the day until the middle of the
afternoon. I think the flour and coffee were delivered to us
early. About four o'clock the alcalde and a committee from the
town were announced outside our lines. Their conference with
the general and a number of officers was near our camp. I may
not have heard all that was said, but the alcalde stated that all
the moneyed men with the precious metal whether in money or
jewelry had left before our arrival, only poor folks were there,
and he could not raise more than two hundred dollars, which he
held up tied in a handkerchief. When this was announced to
the whole force, the cry was to march at once to the town and
enforce our demands. Horses were gathered up and saddled
without waiting for any command, and no time was lost till
we were in line.
It had already begun thundering and lightning, and just as
our front arrived at the entrance to the town the rain poured.
The storm continued and was such that we were forced to turn
to the banks of the Salado on our left and dismount and wait.
We waited the whole night while it stormed. After daylight,
during a short cessation of the rain, we were ordered to mount
and return to camp. This we did, all met and our guns wet,
and we had considerable trouble after returning to camp setting
the fences on fire to warm and dry by. It continued to rain
the whole day, the next night, and part of the next day.
When the rain ceased half a dozen nicely painted flatboats, each
one capable of carrying from eight to ten horses, were brought
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924, periodical, 1924; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101086/m1/48/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.