The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 343
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evidently was unfavorably impressed by the significance of the
stream the bridge was supposed to have crossed.
Randolph Clark termed the destruction of Vince's Bridge by
Deaf Smith immediately preceding the battle of San Jacinto a
myth. Clark, one of the founders of 'Texas Christian University,
made his statement before the student body of that institution at
a San Jacinto Day celebration. He placed the claimed site of the
bridge on "San Jacinto bayou." Evidently he had in mind the
San Jacinto River because, to continue his statement, "The bridge
never existed except in the minds of the historians. San Jacinto
bayou is a deep stream and could not have been bridged over
except with great difficulty. I have seen Mallory liners come into
Careful research brings one to the conclusion that both Barker
and Clark, as well as many others, are wholly in error. The de-
struction of Vince's Bridge was of great strategic value in connec-
tion with the San Jacinto Campaign, and was in no way a myth.
Vince's Bridge simply has been placed over the wrong stream.
There were four Vince brothers-Allen, William, Robert, and
Richard-to each of whom the Mexican government granted large
tracts of land fronting on Buffalo Bayou between Harrisburg and
the San Jacinto battleground. Harrisburg was situated on the
league of land granted to John R. Harris. The league adjoining
the Harris tract on the east was granted to M. Callahan and Allen
Vince, while William Vince was granted the next tract on the
east. Allen Vince acquired sole ownership of the league in 1827,
when he purchased the remainder from his deceased partner's
father.4 The lands granted to both Richard and Robert were
located farther down and on the north side of Buffalo Bayou
and did not figure in any way in the San Jacinto Campaign.
It will be noted from the map that Vince's Bayou with its two
main branches traverses the middle of the William Vince survey
and that Sims Bayou runs through the middle of the M. Callahan
*"Texas Collection," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, LII, 456.
4Brock et al vs. Allen Vince (Minutes of the ilth Judicial District Court, Harris
County, Texas), D, 247.
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