The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 347
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who were hurriedly saddling their horses that their companions and
officers had fled. I remembered that General Filisola was at Thomp-
son's Crossing, sixteen leagues distant, and without hesitation, I
tried to make my way to that place through the enemy's ranks.
They pursued me and overtook me a league and a half from the
battlefield at a large creek where the bridge had been burnt. I turned
my horse loose and .. took refuge in a grove of small pine trees.18
The hand of destiny was still at Thompson's Crossing which I
tried to reach. The division of the army that accompanied me now
dispersed, I saw in the main body of the army the avenger of our
misfortune. In order to reach it, I made my way through the enemy
with the greatest difficulty as far as the head of Buffalo Bayou, beyond
which my retreat would be safe, but pursued constantly, it was
impossible for me to reach this last anchor of salvation.1
Santa Anna's secretary, Ramon Martinez Caro, who followed
his chieftain in his attempted escape, testified:
God forbid that His Excellency [Santa Anna] should have made his
way through the enemy. I was a short distance away-not exactly
among the enemy-when I saw him coming already in flight, and
I followed him immediately. Thank God we were not among the
last who fled, for of those few survived to tell the tale. We con-
tinued at full speed until we reached the bridge on the Brazos
eight miles away, but only to find it burned.'5
Santa Anna thought that the burned bridge was situated on
the headwaters of Buffalo Bayou, while Caro believed that it was
on the Brazos. Both men were fleeing for their lives, but it seems
improbable that, had the burned bridge been over Vince's Bayou
where the marker has been placed, Santa Anna would have
thought he was confronted by Buffalo Bayou, or that Caro would
have thought he was at the Brazos River. Vince's Bayou is just
too small a stream. It is understandable, though, that frightened
as they were, a burned bridge at the crossing over Sims Bayou
could have led to their mistakes as to the name of the stream.
Had the bridge been over Vince's Bayou and had they not been
"sAntonio Lopez de Santa Anna, "Manifesto Relative to His Operations in the
Texas Campaign and His Capture," in Carlos E. Castaneda (trans.), The Mexican
Side of the Texan Revolution by the Chief Mexican Participants (Dallas, 1928),
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