The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975 Page: 304
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
This document also reveals many details of the battle of which I was pre-
viously unaware. Some of them may be apocryphal-supplied by rumor and
imagination when facts were not known--but if the document is indeed
authentic, as it seems to be, then the vivid descriptions of the heroic battle
represent what Texans of 1836 visualized, and I think that not only his-
torians but modern Texans will be intrigued. Descriptions such as this
were the unifying factors that drew together the citizens' army which, less
than a month after this resolution was penned, defeated Santa Anna at the
Battle of San Jacinto.
That such a document survived in private possession for 137 years seems
miraculous to me. I can only say how grateful I am to Mrs. Hubble for
her gift, and how I am pleased that it has been returned to the citizens of
AT A MEETING OF THE CITIZENS OF NACOGDOCHES ON THE 26TH OF
MARCH 1836, THE FOLLOWING PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTIONS WERE UNANI-
MOUSLY ADOPTED, AND ORDERED TO BE PUBLISHED.'
The citizens of this municipality in common with all Texas, feeling the
profoundest grief for the loss of their gallant countrymen in the storming
of the Fort Alimo, at St. Antonio de Bexar on the 6th of the present month,
and entertaining the highest admiration for this heroism, cannot refrain
from a public expression of there sentiments. Brave men--struggling for
liberty in distant lands receive the sympathy of generous and liberal minds
of all nations, but when their achievements are in our own immediate de-
fence they arouse the strongest sensations of the heart. The reflection comes
home to our bosoms that valuable lives have been offered up a willing
sacrifice for our safety and protection, We embalm it with our tears and give
utterance to our gratitude and praise. The tongue of eulogy shall bestow
its tribute and the record of history emblazon their fame.
It is due to the occasion that we give a summary of facts. Colonels Travis
and Bowie with 187 Volunteers, and only 150 effective, for fourteen days
maintained an extensive fortress against a Mexican Army of eight thousand
thousand [sic] strong commanded by the famous General Santa Anna dur-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975, periodical, 1974/1975; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117149/m1/351/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.