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and for other reasons which I believe to be obvious to Your Excel-
lency, better judge than I on the subject, I have formed two units,
one of infantry composed of four companies of one hundred men
each, with four captains, four first lieutenants and four second lieuten-
ants, and for the expedition that is to be made, I have named it the
Santa-Anna Battalion, under the command of Colonel SebastiAn
Moro del Moral, its Lieutenant Colonel Mariano Fernmndez; and
that of cavalry, composed of two squadrons of one hundred per
squadron, with the requisite complement of chiefs and officers for the
four companies of which said squadrons are formed, under the com-
mand of Brevet Colonel (Lieutenant Colonel) Cayetano Montero,
with the name of Santa-Anna Regiment.
On having the honor of placing this in the superior understanding
of Your Excellency, I hope you will condescend to approve the action
taken, assured that we shall do everything possible in order that the
aforesaid units may make themselves worthy of bearing so illus-
trious a name.
God and liberty. [Presidio de] Rio Grande, August 29, 1842.
No. 236. Most Excellent Sir. I have the honor of notifying Your
Excellency [that] having reached this point without anything new
having occurred in the Division under my command, notwithstanding
the great difficulties which presented themselves to us in transit,
since it has been necessary to open a road through the middle of
dense forests, which work has been directed by Brevet Colonel (Cap-
tain) D. Jos6 Maria Carrasco, whom I recommend to Your Excel-
lency's consideration for the activity, intelligence and devotion which
he has displayed in the performance of said commission. I can do no
less than call Your Excellency's attention also to the services which
D. Juan Nepomuceno Seguin, commandant of the Defensores of
Bexar, gives, who marches at the vanguard with the force under his
command with the object of exploring and directing reconnaissances
in all directions, fulfilling everything to my satisfaction. We have
crossed the ford of the Nueces River, and although, as I have the
honor of stating to Your Excellency, it is necessary for us to open a
road in the wilderness, I congratulate myself for having commenced
the march of my Division by this route, since we will cross in the
same manner the Leona, Rio-frio and Medina, avoiding thus the loss
of time and the almost insuperable difficulties which the crossings of
said rivers would have presented at this season of the year by the well
known road from Rio Grande to Bexar.
Today, I have halted [at this point] hoping that the carretas2
loaded with corn will join me this afternoon. Tomorrow, I shall con-
tinue the march, traveling to the Leona, and, if it is possible, as far
2Long, narrow carts. Since the word "carretas" is common, particularly in the
Southwest, it seems more appropriate to leave it untranslated.
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