The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980 Page: 278
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as the horses were very tired, he decided to return and join the camp,
which he succeeded in doing at about nine at night, traveling in all of
this time about ten leagues.43 On this sortie he reconnoitered a spring,
marshy like the previous ones, and terrain suitable for a medium-sized
village, which he named Los Tres Alamos, as he found very shady cot-
tonwoods there; and the place where the camp was made was named
Nuestra Sefiora de la Luz.44 [At that place] there were found clear traces
that this was a frequent camping place of the aforementioned enemy
Indians. This place is pleasant and, like the first place which is described
here (distant from it about four leagues), is very abundant with springs.
The land is very suitable for cultivation, and is covered, as are the others,
with many cottonwood and mesquite trees for constructing houses and
for firewood. For these reasons it is very suitable for one or various
villages of some size. Added to these advantages is the nearness of the
Sierra Madre, extremely abundant in various kinds of wood.
In the place here described the expedition spent the same night, and
on the following day, the twenty-third of the month, because the sup-
plies had been consumed and without them it was impossible to pro-
ceed, the aforementioned commanding ensign ordered that camp be
broken and that the return march to this royal presidio be begun. This
order was executed and carried out with regular day's marches, without
experiencing during them anything unusual nor anything else worthy
of mentioning, except that some enemy Indians who were in the heights
of the mountains let themselves be seen by us, and from there they
gave rein to their rancor by saying many contumelious words. These
were scorned by our men, for the Indians were few and they were in
the secure fortress of the mountain range. Thus continuing its course,
the expedition succeeded in returning safely to this royal presidio on
the twenty-seventh of the month.
48Directions and distances are lather confused, but the group may well have climbed the
Sacramento Mountains to the vicinity of High Rolls or Cloudcroft.
44The camp was possibly the site of the modern town of La Luz.
A monument and graves on the San Jacinto Battlefield. An inscription on
the stone reads: "This Monument is placed on the grave of Benjamin Brig-
ham who fell at the Battle of San Jacinto Apr. 21, 1836. Eight others fell with
him whose remains rest near his. Their names are as follows: Lemuel S.
Blakey, Mathias Cooper, J. C. Hale, Dr. Wm. Motley, A. R. Stevens, Alwyn
J. Trask. This stone is placed here to mark the place where these heroes
sleep and to perpetuate a knowledge of their names and deeds to coming
generations." Courtesy of Archives, University of Texas Library, Austin.
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