The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 338
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
or to justify decisions made and actions taken rather than as full-
fledged narratives of the Mexican campaign of 1836. One of these
was the extensive narrative and explanation written by General
Vicente Filisola, who served as second in command to General
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna during his campaign in Texas in
the spring of 1836 and became commander-in-chief upon the
Shortly before his scheduled court martial trial for alleged mis-
conduct in Texas as director of the Mexican forces, Filisola pre-
pared under date of August 19, 1836, an account to the secretary
of war and marine of his activities and decisions relating to
Mexican troop movements after the fall of the Alamo and par-
ticularly after the battle of San Jacinto. This report was printed
shortly thereafter in Mexico City and distributed under the title
of Representacidn dirigida al Supremo Gobierno por el General
Vicente Filisola, en Defensa de Su Honor y Aclaraci6n de Sus
Operaciones como General en Gefe del Ejercito sobre Texas
(Mexico: Impreso por Ignacio Cumplido, 1836). Accompanying
the Representaci6n are fifteen documents dated from April 28
to June lo, 1836.
A copy of Filisola's Representacidn was received in November,
1836, by Stephen F. Austin, the Texan secretary of state, who, rec-
ognizing its historical significance in relation to the late Mexican
campaign, suggested to President Sam Houston that it should be
translated and published at public expense. The Congress of the
Republic of Texas ordered its translation and publication in five
hundred copies. The translation was made by George L. Ham-
meken at Brazoria in 1837, and the first publication in English
was at Columbia, Texas, from the press of Gail and Thomas H.
Borden. Its republication now in its entirety makes readily avail-
able to students of Texas history an important item of Texana.
The original Mexican edition is quite rare, as is the first
English translation by Hammeken. Less rare, but scarce is Car-
los E. Castafieda's The Mexican Side of the Texas Revolution
(Dallas: P. L. Turner Company, 19 8), 16o-o203, where one may
find a smoother translation. Castafieda, however, did not include
the documents in his published translation. A Mexican reprint
of the Representaci6n (except for Document No. 1) may be
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967, periodical, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/m1/356/: accessed December 10, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.