The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986 Page: 204
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
They children were sick I can well testify
And some of us thought twd be better to die
Many times in a day the news would arrive
That old Santianna was fast on the drive
We camped on the west border of old Lousianna
Where we felt safe from general Santianna
Old Santa we know was eagar & brave
But he gained only a peg leg to take to his grave
Santianna's men were in number very great
And he aproched us in a splented royal state
His army was cowardly as you all ready know
As they did not our small number overthrow
My father Elijah Stapp with his two elder sons
Was In this noted battle of bayonetts and guns
They fought all day till deep in the night
When we gained the great Victory of Sanjacinto by fight
The glad tidings soon spread far and wide
While the Mexicans retreated like a tide
They were hungry and tired and needed some sleep
But they couldn't take time to make a cigarete
This battle of old I remember very well
And of Its horrors twld make you shudder to tell
I saw with my own eyes the same dismal spot
Where so many fell from the fatal shot
The enemy retreated in such hot haste
That they left their dead boddies for the wolves to taste
Some of their boddies days after on the grass were found
While clothing most filthy was scattered all arround
Our families returned in quite a Sad State
Some to find their homes in ashes and others quite desolate
Some had lost a kind Father and others a dear Brother
Some a sweet Child and some a darling Mother
So when a very old Texan you should meet
Give him a few kind words with a friendly greet
For twas them that saved this country of flowers
May God's blessings be poured on them in showers
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986, periodical, 1985/1986; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117151/m1/242/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.