The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991 Page: 84
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Travis' cannon, nor even our own, because cannons were almost useless
on the day that we made the final assault."
The next movement inaugurated by Santa Anna was to set out for
the interior of Texas, and, as I have stated before, that I belonged to
the division under his immediate command, I accompanied the invad-
ing army and was taken prisoner by the Americans at the battle of San
After San Jacinto I resolved never to take up arms against my fel-
lowman [sic] again and promised myself never to return to the army
that had been triumphant in so many hard fought battles-an army
that was commanded by (as he always called himself) "the Napoleon of
the West," but had just been so completely defeated, nay, annihilated,
by a handful of poor undisciplined half-armed Americans.
In conclusion, permit me to state that I have no object in giving this
description of the fall of the Alamo only as a response to the solicita-
tions of my friend and benefactor, Mr. G. W. Noel, who has been talk-
ing to me occasionally for the last twenty-five years and taking notes for
the purpose of writing a true account of the siege and capture as de-
tailed by one of the assaulting party, that those heroic deeds of valor for
which his countrymen are so justly famous may be handed down to
posterity free from those errors into which some of the historians of
Texas have so innocently and unknowingly fallen. And to add solem-
nity to this occasion and veneration for the "martyred heroes of the Al-
amo" he has seen fit to make this account public, upon the very spot of
ground that was drenched with their blood and at the very place where
the air was filled with the fumes of their roasting flesh.
he said-near the shrine's front door-it is extremely unlikely that TI'ravis left it there The old
veteran mentioned papers inside the jacket but never established a link between them and
Travis. Finally, Nufiez conveniently claimed to have burned the garment without anyone else
having seen it There is, consequently, nothing in his story of Travis's "home made jacket of
Texas jeans" to recommend it for serious consideration. Based upon recent information, how-
ever, it does appear that the Mexicans did take papers from Travis's clothing. A letter to Travis
from fellow attorney and close friend Robert M. Williamson, reportedly removed from the
Travis corpse after the fall of the fort, was translated into Spanish and published in a Mexican
broadside. Mexican Broadside, Mar. 31, 1836, quoted in Thomas Ricks Lindley, "James Butler
Bonham, October 17, 1835-March 6, 1836," The Alamo Journal (Aug , 1988), 5, 0. 'l'his broad-
side and the letter published therein proved a significant find as it provides new material con-
cerning the role of James Butler Bonham during the siege
"Again Nufiez contradicts De la Pefia who recalled that the soldados "turned the enemy's own
cannon to bring down the doors to the rooms [of the long barracks] or the rooms themselves, a
horrible carnage took place .. ." De la Pefia, Wath Santa Anna im Texas, 51
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