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engraved on the inside of the lid, and carried to Bexar, and placed
in the parish church, where the Texian flag, a rifle and sword
were laid upon it for the purpose of being accompanied by the
procession, which was formed at 3 o'clock on the 25th of February;
the honors to be paid were announced in orders of the evening
previous, and by the tolling knell from day-break to the hour
of interment; at 4 o'clock the procession moved from the church
in Bexar in the following order:
Field officers; staff officers; civil authorities; clergy; military not
attached to the corps, and others; pall bearers; coffin; pall bearers;
mourners and relatives; music; battalion; citizens.
The procession then passed through the principal street of the
city; crossed the river; passed through the principal avenue on the
other side; and halted at the place where the first ashes had been
gathered. The coffin was then placed upon the spot, and three
volleys of musquetry were discharged by one of the companies; the
procession then moved to the second spot, whence part of the ashes
in the coffin had been taken, where the same honors were paid;
the procession then proceeded to the principal spot and place of
interment, where the graves had been prepared; the coffin had been
placed upon the principal heap of ashes, when Col. Seguin made
the following address, in his native tongue, the Castillian....
[address follows in Spanish and in English translation].
Major Thomas G. Western then addressed the- assemblage in the
following words.... [his address].
The coffin and all the ashes were then interred, and three volleys
of musquetry were fired by the whole battalion.
John N. Seguin
Lieut. Col. Comm'dt
Historian Henderson Yoakum paraphrased the Telegraph and
Texas Regzster in telling of the disposition of the heroes' bodies,
and other historians and writers of the mid-nineteenth century
followed his lead.8 Dr. John Sutherland differed to the extent of
writing that "a company of rangers under Captain Byrd Lock-
hart searched out and found the ashes of the brave men ,"
3Henderson Yoakum, A History of Texas from Its First Settlement in z685 to
Its Annexation to the United States in 1846 (2 vols.; New York, 1855), II, 211.
For similar early accounts, see Henry Stuart Foote, Texas and the Texans (2 vols.;
Philadelphia, 1841), II, 222; William Kennedy, Texas: The Rise, Progress and
Prospects of the Republic of Texas (2 vols.; London, 1841), II, 188; John J. Linn,
Reminiscences of Fifty Years in Texas (New York, 1883), 139; Homer S. Thrall,
Pictorial History of Texas (St. Louis, 1879), 616. Thrall's acceptance of the story
is significant as he was a long-time resident of San Antonio.
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