The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 26
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three followers. Colonel Gonzales, of Laredo, and Captain Pefia,
however, remained constant; but before they could group with
the Texans in the center, the Texans were surrounded and these
officers, thinking them lost, fled. The Texans were on their own.28
The Texans, however, had taken possession of a large yard sur-
rounded by a stone wall, from which they defended themselves
against the enemy from three o'clock in the afternoon until sun-
down. At that time Jordan, seeing that the supply of ammuni-
tion was nearly gone and that the Mexicans were receiving re-
inforcements constantly from Saltillo, determined to make a des-
perate charge in an effort to break through the enemy. The
Texans loaded their rifles and pistols; they spiked their cannon
and overturned it; they gathered up what personal gear they
could carry, destroying the rest; and charged the centralists.20
The Texans managed to break through the lines, gaining the
ravine in which they had left their horses before the encounter,
and began the retreat toward Texas. The next day they were
threatened by a body of dragoons, but with a deadly volley dis-
couraged the efforts of that detachment. Passing through Candela
and Lampasos, they reached Laredo in safety, numbering one
hundred and ten men. They had lost four men killed and three
wounded in the enterprise. At Laredo, they were joined by
Colonel Juan N. Seguin, who was marching to join the federalists
with a company of thirty or forty men.0
The successful fight of the Texans to win their freedom, and the
defection of the Mexican federalists who were with the Texans
during this expedition, seemed to spell finis for the cause of the
Republic of the Rio Grande. Antonio Canales, never much of
a military commander, and having behind him a force daily
depleted by desertion to the surer food and success of the army
of Arista, opened negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the
entire problem. After all, Canales must have reasoned that
Molano, a member of the general council of the Republic of the
aolbid. See also information from Anson G. Neal, Lamar Papers, VI, 99-111.
The battle of Saltillo was fought on October 23, 1840.-Arista to Ampudia, October
27, 1840, El Ancla, November 2, 1840.
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