The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 362
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362 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
flank, and a swamp to his rear, invited an envelopment of the
Mexican left flank, which if successful, would have driven the
Mexicans into the bay and the swamp. Houston knew better,
however, than to attempt any such maneuver with untrained
troops. A drive straight to the front, with a prayer that his com-
mand would not break before the Mexicans, was the only line
of action left to him.
Again, not disparaging the Texans, one must admit that the
Mexican soldier at San Jacinto was far below average. The Mex-
icans did not compare with the Texans in any respect. That is the
reason Houston could violate one of the principles of war, viz.,
do not attack frontally when a flank can be enveloped.
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