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men sent in by Elisondo having magnified the enemy's force to double
their number, had completely unmanned him.
CONTENTS.-Maj. Perry assumes command. The Mexicans attempt
treachery-The Mexicans brought to terms-They march to attack
the enemy-Prepare for battle-Surprise the Spaniards-The attack-
Fierce battle-Total defeat of the Spaniards-Capture of prisoners and
Their actual number being three thousand men, rank and file, with
some three or four hundred pack men, 8cc., and two pieces of cannon.
When his flight was made known to the men they expressed great
indignation at so pusilanimous an act by a man in whose courage they
had unlimited confidence. They appointed a committee to wait on
Major Perry and solicit to assume the command. He replied that he
would give a definite answer in the morning. The men formed on
the square and took up their quarters for the night around the can-
non with their arms by their side, and were aroused at dawn by Major
Perry, who assumed the command, ordering a general parade at 8
o'clock. When parade was called there was not a Mexican forthcom-
ing. They were congregated in groups on the streets and corners,
discussing the means for their own safety on the sale and delivery of
the Americans, as the latter believed. They sent word to Manchaca
that if he was not on parade at io o'clock, with all his men, they
would proceed to hand over to Elisondo the prescribed Mexicans,
he being one of them. When parade was again called the Mexicans
were the first on the ground. They manifested great anxiety to be
led out against the enemy. The day was spent in making prepara-
tions,1ls and the men ordered to report on the plaza with their arms
and accoutrements ready for marching at a moment's warning.119 They
with the Spanish army, to fall on the Americans. She begged him to leave and
save his life. Ross left, in company with John Ash, but returned in time to take
part in the Battle of the Medina. Information derived from John Villars, in Gulick
and others, Lamar Papers, VI, 152; Information from Capt. Gaines, ibid., I, 282.
11"The numbering of this chapter is in error; it should read-Chapter VI. This
installment appears in the San Antonio Tri-Weekly Alamo Express, February 15,
11I"t does not speak well for the leadership or training of the republican army
that after a month and a half of rest it required a full day to get such a small
force ready to fight.
1'Gutierrez says that the republican army moved out on July 2o, but Shaler
received a report that it was June 28 and Bullard sets the date as June 20. One
of these two latter dates is probably better than Gutierrez's. Gutierrez de Lara to
the Mexican Congress, August 1, 1815, in Gulick and others, Lamar Papers, I, 17;
[Bullard], Book Review, North American Review, XLIII, 237; Shaler to Monroe,
July io, 1813, Shaler Papers.
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