The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 59
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Captain Jesus Cuellar 59
Cavalry." This is the only mention of the name of Jesus Cuellar
in the archives of Texas, and the record of his subsequent unique
service is preserved only in the account of Urrea's Campaign, taken
by Filisola from the journal of Col. Francisco Garay, Urrea's
second in command, who thus introduces him:
Among the guides who piloted General Urrea from Matamoros
[to San Patricio] was Don Salvador Cuellar, whose brother, Don
Jesus-better known by the name of "Comanche" from his having
been a captive of that tribe, had, during the siege which General
Don Martin Perfecto Cos sustained in Bexar, passed over to the
enemy, and was now to be found with the forces of the so-called
Colonel Fannin, at Bahia Del Espiritu Santo. For this reason
the presence of the other in our ranks was at first viewed by the
General with some distrust, but notwithstanding his brother's
conduct, Don Salvador served throughout the campaign loyally
and disinterestedly, and always accomplished honorably everything
with which he was charged.0
This brings us to the odd story of the battle that was not
fought on Arroyo de las Ratas, where Fannin, had he taken ad-
vantage of the opportunity offered him, might have changed the
whole course of Santa Anna's Texan campaign. General Jos6
Urrea, in his Diario Militar (entries for March 3-10, inclusive),
presents a bald matter of fact account of this episode:10
3d to 6th. In San Patricio, receiving intelligence from Goliad,
and giving the troops daily instruction and drills.
7th. In San Patricio. The force which had remained at Mat-
amoros joined me.
8th. I had notice that the enemy were in motion to attack me
at San Patricio, and in the night I marched to encounter them
with three hundred men and the four pounder which my division
had. Ten leagues distant on the road to Goliad, I ambuscaded my
force, awaiting the enemy.
9th. In the ambuscade along the Arroyo de las Ratas.
10th. I received intelligence that the enemy had changed his
mind, and that he was preparing to march with four hundred men
to the aid of those besieged in the fortress of the Alamo. I coun-
ter marched to San Patricio and ordered the Cavalry to make
ready to reconnoiter ahead of our march.
sProceedings of Convention at Washington, page 60, in Gammel, Laws
of Texas, I, 878.
'Filisola, Memorias para la Historic de la Guerra de Texas, II, 205.
10Jos6 Urrea, Diario de las Operaciones Militares, de la Division que al
mando del General Jos Urrea, hizo la Camnpafa de Texas, 9.
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