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as Rio-frio, to which latter point I have already directed Seguin with
his band of defensores. I hope to reach the outskirts of S. Antonio de
B6xar between the loth and the ith of the present [month]. The
Division marches in the best order and full of enthusiasm incited by
the patriotic and forceful proclamations which Your Excellency, upon
bidding good-bye to it, deigned to address them; and all the indi-
viduals who compose it long to inflict an exemplary punishment upon
God and liberty. Camp on the left bank of the Nueces River, Sep-
tember 5, 1842.
No. 237. Most Excellent Sir. Since dawn today, anniversary of the
glorious September 11 [x] 829,4 this city has been occupied by the
troops of the Division under my command, notwithstanding the vain
resistance which about 250 of the enemy, fortified in a few of the
houses on the main plaza, dared to attempt. After half an hour of
firing, they were obliged to surrender at discretion, leaving in our
power only 62 of them, the rest having escaped, crossing over the
canals and the river, favored by the mist, the Indian corn and the
woods: [an account of] which I have the honor of informing Your
Excellency in order that you may condescend to pass it on to the
Supreme Government. By my adjutant, Lieutenant of the Ist Reg-
iment of Regular Infantry, D. Antonio Villagra, who, at my side, was
slightly wounded in the corner of his left eye near the nose, I am
sending the flag which the enemy dared to hoist in view of our troops.
By future courier I shall direct to Your Excellency the full detailed
report, contenting myself now in rejoicing with Your Excellency and
[in] declaring to you that the deportment of all the chiefs, officers,
and troops which compose the Division under my command has been
worthy of Mexican soldiers.
God and liberty. S. Antonio de B6xar, September 11, 1842.
No. 239. Most Excellent Sir. On the loth at two o'clock in the
afternoon, the Division under my command halted at the Arroyo del
Leon, about three leagues distant from S. Antonio de B6xar. The
3Proclamation to the Soldiers of the 2nd Division by General D. Isidro Reyes,
Paso del Nogal, August 31, 1842, in El Cosmopolita (Mexico City), Sept. 28, 1842.
General Reyes concluded his proclamation with these words: "March, comrades,
and in combat let your battle-cry be Santa-Anna. This name, magic to Mexicans,
will augment your military valor: it will make you superior to the privations and
fatigues of the most honorable of campaigns, and will return you to the arms of
your friends, surrounded by your temples of laurels, which shall never wither,
neither [because of] time, nor foul party spirit."
40n September 11, 1829, the Spanish troops under Brigadier General Isidro
Barradas sent from Cuba in July, 1829, for the reconquest of Mexico, surrendered
on the banks of the PAnuco River to General Santa Anna, commander in chief of
the army of operations against Barradas. Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of
Mexico (6 vols.; San Francisco, 1883-1888), V, 73-75.
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