The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 9
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Diary of a Texan Volunteer in the Mexican War
Davenport killed a deer-our horses look very badly-no corn-
no house-no water or not much and that not fit to drink--
passed thro. mammouth Perairie-lost sight of timber-save the
muskete-which now begins to be pretty plentifull-Prickly and
Knocaway beginning to make its appearance-
18th. commenced raining before day-all got wet-come up
a bleak Norther-thro a lovely and picturesque land-covered with
chapparal-rained nearly all day-18 miles and struck Corpus
Christi Bay on the beach a lovelier sight my eyes never before
saw-7 miles to Corpus Christi where we overtook the 3 com-
panies ahead of us-come 25 miles-here we were joined by our
Doctor John T. Wilson-were supplied with provisions by the
Govt. Expt forage-&c-(Camp Corpus Christi) horses look ex-
tremely bad-many of our boys got drunk-Corpus Christi is
rather a pretty place-immedia [te]ly on the bay-population at
this time not more than two hundred-put my horse in Livery
stable and had him taken good care of and J K II upon invita-
tion went and staid at Col Kenny's where he faired elegantly-
sick with the toothache-Genl Darnell in Town-also Judge
Horton-the country about town is mostly of a chapperal-hog
waller perairie tho pretty country-Camp Corpus Christi-1 mile
19th. left Corpus Christi the morning-went 13 miles on the
wrong road-back to town-passed an old Mexicans water mellon-
thence 7 miles to Camp Boggy-
20th. Rained nearly all day-Every thing wet-bad roads-
horses look bad-no timber-pretty country-12 miles to "Camp
Alarm"-a fire from one of the Sentinels about 2 hours created
considerable excitement-To arms-to arms-the Capt cried-
and we were all up and in a line quiclcer-the Sentinel reported
that he saw several persons on horse back and fired at one-the
whole company stood guard the balance of the night-all was
calm and quiet it is true we were but illy prepared for an attack
but yet every man seem[ed] to be ready to do his portion The
opinion of the company generally is that it was merely a stealing
party-every man I am happy to say was at his post-no blood
shed however but a good deal of fun and laughing afterwards.
21st. saddled up and went 12 miles thro. a romantic perairie
country-Knot horse gave out--J K I gave him Peter and 3
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927, periodical, 1926; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117142/m1/17/: accessed May 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.