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all killed or captured but six, including Johnson, who escaped.
On March 2, Grant's men were surprised, while on the march,
at the crossing of the Agua Dulce, and, in their turn, were all
killed or captured, except six.
At this time, Colonel Fannin, at Goliad, was also becoming
seriously embarrassed by problems of supply. Though the cargo
of the Caroline was landed at Cox's Point (now Port Lavaca)
on February 14, and another cargo, which followed, was soon dis-
charged at Cox's Point and Dimitt's Landing, none of this abun-
dance of provisions had as yet reached Colonel Fannin in larger
quantities than an overnight supply. He did not receive them in
quantities until the afternoon of March 10. Of this he com-
plained, bitterly, as a reproach to the people of Texas, in a private
letter written on February 28.
That indictment requires explanation, even now. The explana-
tion is that the people of Texas-that is, Austin's "old settlers";
those whose families were in Texas, and who owned and tilled the
soil had been told, and had believed, since the previous autumn,
that Cos' defeat meant the end of the war. They had exerted
themselves to the utmost to supply the Texan army before B6xar.
Cos was beaten; and insofar as the "old Texans" were concerned,
that was the end of the war. Their present job was planting corn.
To do it, they had urgent need of their wagons, teams and tools.
They had no interest in Mexican politics, and felt sure that after
they had expelled the obnoxious Mexican garrisons, the government
of Mexico would not dare trouble them again; and they were, for
their part, more than willing to let Mexico alone. The Matamoros
expedition was no affair of theirs. Feeding the army, if an army
was needed, (and that one was needed, they did not really believe)
was the business of the government; and if the provisional gov-
ernment failed to do so, or ceased to function, the new Convention
would assemble March 1. January had been punctuated with
rumors of a new invasion. These rumors had had no basis, and
Colonel Fannin's alarming messages were likely others of the
same sort. Texas' job for the present was growing corn; and if
Texas did not grow corn, Texan families, as well as the Texan
soldiers, would surely go hungry before the end of the year. War
was a pleasurable excitement, but one to be enjoyed after the
crops had been gathered in the fall. Meantime, the Texans and
their families had to eat. Most of this was wrong, of course, but
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