The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 44
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
he had no personal or political friend left among us. There
were many in the party who positively believed that no Mexican
force could be got together strong enough to defeat us, or even
to damage us much. A bitterness against the Mexicans was ex-
pressed that I never heard equalled before or since. Young men
just grown up and newcomers were equally swayed in the matter.
The Milam County company, my messmates and nearest com-
panions, were at one with the rest in feeling and eager to go on.
I would have been rather glad to go back with Somervell, but
had not the courage to express myself.
We moved that same day a short distance down the river to a
ranch where we could camp in another cornfield. We took with
us all the boats; they were maneuvered by a number of men in
charge of General Thomas Jefferson Green, flew the Texas flag,
and were called our navy. At the ranch where we camped the
first night we found a tribe of Karankua Indians, not above
forty in all. We took the warriors prisoners, disarmed a dozen
of them and put them on the boats, and left the rest where we
found them; but the next day we set free the ones we had taken
with us, and returned them their bows and arrows. We marched
that day ten or twelve miles and camped. We marched very
slowly, camping at night in fields, and with scouts out gathering
horses on both sides of the river.
On the 22nd of December we reached a point three miles from
Mier. The next morning a guard of fifty men was left behind
with the horses. Accompanied by fifteen mounted men, we
marched on foot to Mier. We entered the town unopposed,
marched to the square, halted, and learned that Canales with
two hundred men had been there the night before. So far as I
know no intelligence of the movement of the Mexican forces was
obtained. A requisition for flour, coffee, and other supplies such
as shoes and clothing was made out at once. The Mexicans
brought the things from cellars; some had to be dug up from
where they had been buried, and all were not produced by three
o'clock in the afternoon. Owners of the goods and all men of
means had left the town. The next difficulty was to get the
things to camp. The Mexicans declared their teams and animals
were out and could not be obtained that day. We could neither
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