The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 27, July 1923 - April, 1924 Page: 50
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was well acquainted. They told me they had left the Rio Grande
on the morning of the day of the battle at Mier. They had not
been missed. I knew they had been the chief scouts up to that
time. They said they had found out that the Mexicans were mass-
ing, and that they had come to the conclusion that there was very
little prospect for our success without more rule and discipline
among us. They could not make any of the leading men believe
in the danger; 'isher himself had declared he had no control of
us; and so they thought they would leave in time before disaster
should overtake us.
The final was exactly as they, with their not inconsiderable mili-
tary experience, had foreseen. Doubtless there were others among
us whose experience should have been of equal service to them.
But it was not the officers who precipitated the attack; it was a
party of leading men who declared they would go at once at night-
fall in the rain without maneuver or reconnoissance; and that
hasty action decided against them. After they found what they
were in for, they still believed they could fight out, and there are
survivors who to this day believe they could have done so.
The Mexican promises, as is well known, were not kept. Of
course, there was the pretext that the capitulation was subject to
Santa Anna's ratification and that he would not ratify it. They
must have had spies among us at Guerrero, and before we sep-
arated from the party under Semervell, for they were well informed
of the separation at the time of the surrender, that we were acting
on our own account, contrary to orders of General Somervell, and,
therefore, not a legalized body of men according to rules of war,
and so not entitled to the treatment and privileges of prisoners
The news of the defeat had not the bad effect on the country
which might have been expected. The Mexicans, overjoyed at their
victory, did not attempt another invasion. When the subject
of our independence later came up in Mexico and Santa Anna
boasted that he had defeated us, the English and French minis-
ters countered him by using the very plea he had used as an
excuse for mistreating our prisoners, namely, that we were no
legitimate force by rules of war, to show that, therefore, he had
not defeated a Texas force.
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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/m1/56/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.