The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 19
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The Men of Goliad
of the twain. It was Brooks who designed a half moon battery,
designed to cover the sally port, or entrance to the fort; and it
was Brooks who invented an "infernal machine," mounting, in a
wooden frame, a hundred old muskets which Collinsworth had
captured, in October, which could all be fired with a single match;
an early nineteenth century version of the principles of machine
10. FANNIN'S GOLIAD CAMPAIGN
Before the Goliad fortifications were completed-about the time,
indeed, that the volunteers had become really interested in that
work-there came a courier from Colonel Travis with the report
that the enemy in overwhelming numbers had invested Colonel
Travis in the Alamo, after retaking the town of Bexar. Colonel
Travis called, urgently, for help. Colonel Fannin made an instant
gesture of responding, but his heart was never in the movement,
and it ended on the north bank of the San Antonio, two miles
from the Goliad fort. Colonel Travis' message was received on
February 25. Colonel Fannin's gesture toward San Antonio began
next day. Captain Westover's regulars and Captain Guerra's com-
pany were left in garrison at Goliad, and Captain King's company
was recalled from its outpost duty at Refugio to join them, while
Captain Chenoweth with the available mounted men went forward
to cover the crossing of the Cibolo, on the Bexar-Goliad road.
Colonel Fannin took with him all the other volunteers. A cart
broke down, and oxen strayed, and the day was spent at the San
Antonio ford. A "Council of War in the bushes" ended the move-
ment next day. It was thought best to return to Goliad and con-
tinue rebuilding the fort.
Johnson and Grant, after a horse-buying visit to Rancho Santa
Rosa and beyond, had separated; Johnson returning to San Patricio
with a hundred horses, so acquired, and thirty-four men; while
Grant wandered toward Camargo, with twenty-six men, for more
horses. General Urrea, after a forced march from Matamoros,
attacked Johnson at San Patricio, amid cold, rain and darkness,
at 3 a. m. on February 27--the same morning that was spent by
Colonel Fannin's command on the north bank of the San Antonio,
at the end of their futile movement toward B6xar. Johnson's men
were encamped in five separate parties, without sentinels, and were
asleep. There was no opportunity for resistance, and they were
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