The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 31
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Diary of a Texan Volunteer in the Mexican War
what-a shirt-yes a clean white shirt-first I have had since
left home-Bo't at Camargo-and you may be assured I feel like
4 Gentleman-to night I shall have my boots ellegantly Blked-
and by tomorrow I expect I shall be too proud and exalted to
speak to any body-the comfort and pleasure one feels in putting
on a "clean white shirt" amply repaies for having worn a dirty
one six months-after much delay at times during the day-we
stoped for the night at a wood yard at a Ranch on the Texas side
and kicked up "mucho fandango" had fine times-after which got
up this morning-washed took a drink of the Good old Capt['s]
Whiskey-felt much refresh tho didnt sleep soundly-was rest-
less-eat a good Breakfast and smoked a Regulia-what comforts-
I am now lolling in my birth-thinking of home sweet home--
refreshed myself with 2 hours repose-got up and eat a good
dinner-time rolled sluggishly on until night when the Fandango
relieved us again-much bonito Seniorita was there and she flew
in the mazy dance-I flattered myself I would have a happy sleep
to night-but it was a stranger to [me]-at last I thot that not
being in habit of sleeping on such comfortable bedding-it might
be cause of my restlessness-so I took my Mexican [blanket] and
went out on the guard-where I lay quietly all night
18th. Reached Matamoros and we all got sorter tight-staid
2 hours-got me a new hat and breeches-oh how good I slept
that night awoke up in the morning at Brazos mouth
19th. Had to foot it to Brazos Santiago 9 miles so off we
tottled over the sandiest road you ever saw-found the "McKim"
a steam vessel there but will not be off under a day or two
20th. spent the day in painful and uneasy suspence-awaiting
the departure of the Boat-met Capt Early and some of the
Western Rgt there-I spent the night with Capt Early in the
old shanty-called an eating house-with a motley and mongrel
crew-not much better than an old stable-the bad boy's eating
and sleeping just when they can-
21st. got up soon this morning saw the Capt of Boat and
learned that the vessel would leave at 12 oclock Embarked aboard
of her-about 4 oclock P. M. and owing to the entanglement of
the anchors were detained until 1 oclock at night-about 300 pas-
22nd. Well I am nearly dead bursting with laughter at some
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