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Mexican army amounted to 27,000 regulars, and with the more or
less permanently organized militia totaled 48,600.19 Supplies and
transportation facilities were equally difficult to secure. Most of
the supplies came from Coahuila and other north Mexican states,
and it must be held in mind that the "population of these states
was not entirely unsympathetic with the Texans."20
When General Sesma received his orders in October, 1835, to
march to Bexar with four battalions of infantry and one of artillery,
he began immediately to equip his men for the march. But in
November he was obliged to start for Laredo with only about 1,500
men, and with insufficient supplies. Consequently, he was forced
to requisition such supplies as he needed them, giving scrip on
the government. His march through Nuevo Leon left the people
of that state outraged and resentful.2" But Sesma pressed on.
The distance from Zacatecas to Laredo is about 500 miles and it
was December 27, before he arrived there. There he found General
Cos with his defeated army of 800 men together with a large
number of women and children who were following as hangers-on
or camp followers. This motley crowd had arrived at Laredo on
Christmas Day. When Santa Anna heard of Cos's defeat and
retreat, he ordered him on to Monclova to rest and recruit his men,
and after having put his army in as good condition as the scarcity
of money and supplies would permit he should "return to his post
to redeem, if he could, his wavering reputation."22 Sesma, he
ordered to San Juan Bautista for the purpose of getting his troops
in condition for the long march to Texas. Already he had sent
General Fernndez--it will be recalled-with a small force to re-
inforce Matamoras. By February 1, in spite of all the tremendous
difficulties with which he had been confronted, Santa Anna was
gives the number as 6,000; while Santa Anna, Memoirs (translation by
Willie Ward Watkins), 91, says, 8,000.
"George L. Rives, The United States and Mexico, I, 322.
2"The Governor of Coahuila and Texas to Josd Marfa Monasterio, Oc-
tober 29, 1835, University of Texas Transcripts, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 1,
Op. Mil. 1835, Texas.
2Juan N. de la Garza y Evia to the Minister of War and Marine,
December 30, 1835, University of Teas Transcripts, Guerra, Frac. 1,
Leg. 1, Op. Mil. 1836, Texas.
22Cos to the Minister of War, February 1, 1836, University of Texas
Transcripts, Guerra, Frac. 1, Leg. 3, Op. Mil. 1836, Texas, Exp. de
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