The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 25
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Diary of a Texan Volunteer in the Mexican War
now that danger is expected old Taylor has put us in front-
Every man in glorious spirits-after running our horses nearly
to death, many of them giving out, arrived in sight of the Mexican
Batteries about 2 miles and halted when they played upon us
with their Balls and many of their balls were directed very well--
yet no one was hurt-Genl T. surveyed the situation of Town
and retired to camp Walnut Spring-The most beautifull Encamp-
ment I ever did see-and that night Taylor formed his plan of
attack--took several prisoners-learned that they were strongly
fortified with about 15000 strong and that they intended to repell
us or die-it was cheering to see how The Texians greeted the
Mexican Balls-Every fire was met with a hearty response of 3
cheers and such waving of hats and huzzaing Genl T says he never
heard-The Texians proved their spunk by the utter carelessness
with which they] Reed the Enemy's shot-They whizzing by us
in all directions-yet no one hurt. I want sceared a bit we
awaited the arrival of the artillery-which came up in good time
and at night was planted in a good position-the main Army
came up-and for on[c]e we were all encamped together in 3
miles of Monteray-prospects most glorious and bright for a
20th. To day being the sabbath, Genl T. did not chose to
disturb their worship-all was qui [e] t to day yet a cannonading
was kept up on those whose curiosity led them to take a peep at
the Forts-at night Genl Worth was ordered to take his position
above Town-at night he stole a march upon them and passed
under their Batteries without harm-
21st. bright and early fire upon them to their great surpprise.
The Texians were put to order the Monclova and Saltillo passes
Worth during the day got possession of one fort on the same day-
The Tenn-and Mi. Boy's distinguished themselves in charging
upon and storming two of their main Bataries-one of the most
vallent deeds-daring and noble charges ever know in the histories
of Battles-with a severe loss however-12 horses of the Flying
Artillery were killed
on 22nd Worth stormed several Fort[s] and took good many
pieces of artillery-The Mis and Tenn Boy's having taken 4 pieces
on day before-on this day our Company was ordered to guard
Bragg's Batteries-and to keep off the Rancheros and Lancers
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