The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 60
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But it is from Colonel Garay's journal that we learn what really
On the night of March 7th the said Don Jesus, sent by Fannin
to observe our force and position, presented himself to us at San
Patricio, pretending that he had deserted the cause of the rebels
and desired to be admitted to the clemency of the government,
informing the General at the same time that the enemy were
coming to attack him, and in order to do so had recalled the
force which had occupied the Mission. He also offered to con-
duct us to a place where we could easily surprise, overwhelm and
destroy them. For the other part he protested that he had de-
serted from the Plaza of Bexar with the sole object of serving
his country in the camp of its enemies, which we could prove by
taking advantage of the offer he made us, and since Don Salvador
guaranteed the good conduct of his brother, General Urrea came
to believe that he could put faith in his sincerity, and, conse-
quently, ordered 200 infantry, with the cannon, and 150 cavalry,
to march at daybreak next morning, March 8th, for a place on
the road to the Mission of Refugio, eight leagues distant from
San Patricio, called Arroyo de las Ratas. There the said Cuellar
left us, and General Urrea gave orders to so dispose his small
division as to accomplish the object of our march. It is with
difficulty we could prove this, since in truth the position pos-
sessed many disadvantages. The wood in which we would have
hidden was very small and open and was made up entirely of
leafless trees, among which the enemy must necessarily have dis-
covered us before he reached it. On our front, left and rear was
a vast prairie, denuded of grass. The arroyo was entirely dry
and its bed, in which our infantry was stationed, was insufficient
to cover them. General Urrea no doubt recognized these disad-
vantages, since at midnight he ordered a retreat, at which we all
rejoiced, for we were never easy in our minds about remaining
at this place.
From the reminiscences of Andrew M. Boyle, a young artillery-
man of Fannin's command, whose home was in San Patricio, and
who was saved from the Goliad massacre through the intervention
of Colonel Garay, we have a glimpse of this same episode from the
viewpoint of Fannin's men. Boyle said:12
Colonels Bowie and Crockett, then in command of the Alamo,
sent a courier to Colonel Fannin, in the latter part of February,
"Filisola, II, 405-406.
"TIIE QUARTERLY, XIII, 285. There is another version of Boyle's
Reminiscences among the Comptroller's Military Records now in the Texas
State Library, but the pages dealing with this episode are missing.
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