The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 548
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ioo men ahead, to reach the Mexican settlements, and procure us food.
With this ioo men was Kendall. This party left us at the rivulet
Quinterfue (as we afterwards ascertained).
But before Cooke's command even reached any Mexican village,
they being nearly starved, some few of his men who had abler horses
were sent ahead to find a road and a way out of a labyrinth of dif-
ficulties. They met Mexican shepherds and got supplies. This party
then advanced further, and were surprised and taken. Col. Cooke,
being ignorant of their fate, and wondering why they did not report,
advanced slowly and was finally surrounded by a large party of men,
and was compelled to surrender. In the meantime Kendall and small
party, were carried to San Miguel and remained there as prisoners.
Kendall gives no account of Col. Cooke's command, only that learned
they surrendered. Perhaps these men were not marched through San
Miguel, but directly onward. I am satisfied they were some ten or
fourteen days in advance of us on the way to the City of Mexico.
Kendall and the few others were retained, for reasons unknown to
him and me, at San Miguel, till the main body of our men, under
General McLeod, arrived at San Miguel, and after we had a few days
rest there, he and his few companions had to join our party and
share our fate.
This is the explanation I can give you in a brief manner, in fact
many of us were taken prisoners in detached parties, for our men
tried to find the settlements and food for all of us.
In order to get a fair understanding, my readers will have to refer
to the narrative I copied from Kendall and his travels over the plains,
till taken prisoner, then to refer to my account of the fate of the main
command, then he will have a full and comprehensive view of the
expedition. C. Erhard.
P. S. None of Col. Cook's command gave a description of their
fate, and journey through Mexico. I believe it was similar to ours,
yet on the way they perhaps received better treatment.
Erhard's own reminiscences begin again in the midst of install-
Now I will resume my narrative, of our march towards the city of
Mexico, and I will not enter so much into the details of the sad
journey, as Mr. Kendall has done, but I will give them what he
omitted, a description of the manners, habits, customs and general
mode of life in Mexico which will be interesting to my readers, for
but few Americans have ever traveled over the interior of Mexico; and
as I believe that as the Mexicans are not progressive, and as a mass
abhor innovations and improvements, that since I was there, 42 years
ago, but little change has taken place in their internal improvements,
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