The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 12
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texans underestimated the importance of these Mexicans of Goliad,
and the resentment in their hearts due to having had to leave
their homes. Unlike the Mexican citizenry of San Patricio and
Victoria, who came, for the most part, of good ranchero stock, the
Bade ios, as they called the people of Goliad, were descendants
of the presidial soldiers stationed at La Bahia through the years,
and were not too highly regarded by their countrymen, or by
anyone else. They were indolent and none too honest, but they
were expert horsemen-among the world's best-knew every acre
of the Goliad region and for a hundred miles around; and, contrary
to the prevalent belief of the Texans, were anything but cowardly
when convinced of the advantages of being brave. Their leader,
Carlos de la Garza, had dignity and force of character, and courage
and intelligence, as well. They had abandoned Goliad at his bid-
ding, and it was to his rancho on the San Antonio that they had
gone.' He and his men were "everywhere" after General Urrea
7. FANNIN'S MEN
It was a remarkable body of soldiers in the making which
gathered at Goliad under Colonel Fannin in February, 1836.
Almost half of those who escaped from the massacre achieved,
afterward, commissions in the Texan Army, or rose to other
important place. There were promotions in similar ratio for those
spared at Victoria, and among the men who escaped capture
through having separated from Colonel Ward. Many of the other
survivors failed to achieve like promotion only because they died
Colonel Reuben AM. Potter, who met at Matamoros some sixteen
or more prisoners from the command of Johnson and Grant,
The followers of Johnson and Grant, if the survivors may
be accepted as a fair sample, were, I think, above the average
of the men who composed the volunteer forces of Texas from
abroad. . . . Some were gentlemen, none of the lowest
filibuster type, and in their case we see fine material for
Actually, the Johnson and Grant party averaged below, rather
than above, the rank and file of Fannin's men. Dr. Barnard
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