The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 43
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Memoirs of Major George Bernard Erath
from the Rio Grande up the Salado in front of our camp, and
we were ordered to recross and make our camp on the opposite
side. It took until Friday, the sixteenth, fully to accomplish this,
and on that day General Somervell issued a general order for
us to take up the line of march to some point eastward, on the
return route to San Antonio.
The rain was certainly a providential interference in behalf
of the people of Guerrero. I could have joined them myself in
a Te Deum for their delivery. And it seems that all the men
were satisfied, not saying anything more about troubling the town.
But when the order to return was issued a new outcry came forth;
men declared that they had not had satisfaction, that they could
at least remain a week longer, go down to Mier and enforce a
contribution, or at least collect a thousand horses to take back
with cattle and sheep. To this I myself had no objection; that
kind of property belonged to rich men not living there, and I
had looked for nothing less than to get at least one good Spanish
horse in compensation for this and former service not paid for.
The general said nothing, and the agitation continued during
the night. It appeared that the men were nearly equally divided
-one party chose to obey orders, the other preferred to remain
on the river, go down as far as Mier, collect all the horses we
could on both sides by taking all the boats down with us, and
levying a contribution on Mier, taking it out in supplies, cloth-
ing, and portable property of any kind. The general made no
remonstrance, and by nine o'clock the portion of the force in
favor of returning commenced to leave, the more prominent men,
such as Colonel Bell, Captain Hays, and others, going with it.
We who remained moved camp only a short distance to dryer
ground and grass, and stopped to reorganize and count. There
were a few over three hundred men who remained. The reor-
ganization consisted in merging some fractions of companies into
one, and in electing Captain Fisher major and commander. He
had commanded a company at San Jacinto, had been secretary
of war during Houston's first administration, and was now in
command of a company from Fort Bend. He had become a
strong opponent of General Houston and, to review the party,
most all the leading men were opponents of Houston; perhaps
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