The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 351
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trouble was that the Allen Vince bridge had been destroyed and
fording Sims Bayou was a virtually impossible task. They had to
do as Santa Anna had done in getting his artillery across Sims
Bayou-travel upstream until they found a suitable crossing.
Describing the trip home, Mrs. Harris states,
We camped that evening [the second day after leaving San Jacinto]
on Sims' Bayou.24
We stayed one day on Sims' Bayou. There were more than one hun-
dred families, and all stopped to rest and let the stock feed. ... We
camped one day and two nights on Sims' Bayou. We had traveled
since the twenty-first, without resting, half the time in mud and water.
It was only fifteen miles home.25
It was at the camp on Sims Bayou that the Rose family met
Deaf Smith who had helped burn the Vince Bridge. Among other
things, Smith talked of the effect of the destruction of the bridge.
He said that if it had not been destroyed, General Filisola, the
second in command of the Mexican army who was not more than
thirty miles from the battleground, would have heard of Santa
Anna's defeat and could have marched to his assistance. General
Urrea was also on the west bank of the Brazos River with a
division of the Mexican army.26
It will be noted that Mrs. Harris refers to the destroyed bridge
as "the Vince Bridge" and not as the bridge over Vince's Bayou.
Also, Deaf Smith gives a most plausable reason for the destruc-
tion of the Vince Bridge: to keep reinforcements from joining
Santa Anna before the battle, and from attacking Houston's army
after Santa Anna's defeat. The burning of a bridge over Vince's
Bayou at the site of the marker or any other point on its course
would not have benefited the Texan army in that way. But the
destruction of the Allen Vince Bridge over Sims Bayou prevented
any further aid from coming to Santa Anna's army and in addi-
tion prevented the escape of practically all of the Mexican survi-
vors of San Jacinto including the commander himself. Vince's
Bridge was not a myth and its destruction was of great strategic
importance in the San Jacinto Campaign.
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