The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 573
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of entry for Texas. In April, 1836, the Invincible, Capt. Jere.
Brown, whilst on a cruise near Tampico, fell in with Mexican
schooner-of-war Montezuma and brought her to action, which
lasted several hours, when the Montezuma, after sustaining much
damage, succeeded in retiring into port before she was entirely
disabled, leaving the Invincible uninjured. The latter vessel in
standing out from shore discovered the American brig Pocket,8
laden with provisions for the Mexican army, and took her into
Galveston as a prize, where she arrived a most timely assistance
to the victors of the field of San Jacinto, who, short of provisions
for themselves, were thereby enabled to retain the prisoners taken
at that decisive victory.
Soon after this the Invincible, whilst in the mouth of the Mis-
sissippi, was taken by a U.S. man-of-war under the charge of
piracy, and turned over to the civil authorities in New Orleans,
where a number of her officers had previously landed; she was,
however, immediately acquitted by the judicial tribunals of the
country, and returned to the Gulf again to assist in the protection
of the maritime interests of her struggling country. The schooner
Liberty, less fortunate, went also to New Orleans to convey the
illustrious hero of San Jacinto and his suite, where the General
was proceeding for the benefit of surgical skill in healing a wound
received in that battle. Alasl the poor Liberty-the friend of
Texas, more taken up with doing honor to the victors than watch-
ing the interests of the cause-the Liberty was sold to defray her
expenses, and never more engaged in that cause to which her
name had been dedicated.
On the fourth day of July the Invincible, after a slight change
of officers, left upon a cruise upon the Mexican coast, and looked
into the ports of Matamoras, Tampico, Vera Cruz, Tabasco. After
an absence of about one month she returned to Velasco, and was
ordered by His Excellency D. G. Burnet, then President,
ad interim, of the embryo Republic of Texas, to New-York for
refitment, which she very much needed-besides the cutting of
temporary ports through thin bulworks, never having been fitted
even approximately to a proper condition.
aSee C. T. Neu, "The Case of the Brig Pocket," Quarterly of the Texas State
Historical Association, XII, 4, 283.
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