Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 34
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US TEXAS ALMANAC.
Bradburn, by 10 o'clock, the next day, he came with full powers from Bradburn
to treat with us. Austin, Martin, Jack, W. D. C. Hall, and others, entered into an
agreement to retire six miles from Anahuac and to deliver up all our prisoners, on
condition that Jack, Travis, and the other American prisoners, should be given up
the following day, in exchange. This agreement was put to the vote of the whole
company, who were ordered to parade for that purpose, all those in favor of
the proposition being required t: shoulder arms. Ritson (known as Jawbone)
Morris of Clear Creek, and myself, dissented, begging the men to consider the
risk we would run by giving up our prisoners first; and we urged that the
exchange should be made at the same time, as Bradburn could not be de-
pended on to keep his word. But our arguments were unavailing; the ma-
jority ratified this agreement. Orders were accordingly given for our men to
retire, when all left except the few who lived in Anahuac, our prisoners hav-
ing been discharged. At about 9 o'clock that night, some eight fires were
kindled and a guard was seen advancing, while a large force was employed in
carrying off a quantity of ammunition and stores and clothing belonging to Travis,
and which had been in our possession that day. One of the sentinels told me the
Prisoners would be more lightly guarded, but would not be given up. At about
midnight the fires were all extinguished, and all retired to the fort, having suc-
ceeded in securing all they wanted. At six o'clock the next morning, Austin
came to me with a letter received from Bradburn, in which he declared the treaty
had been broken, and that he would pillage the residence and seize the property
of every man who had sided against him, or acted with the rebels.
We immediately set off in a smart gallop, and found our little army encamped
on the east prong of Turtle Bayou, at the bridge. A meeting was called; I read
the letter of the faithless Bradburn; a cry for volunteers was at once heard, and
in less than ten minutes sixt yof the men were again in their saddles, galloping off
to prevent the threatened pillage. It was after this portion of the company had
left, that the remainder of the company called a meeting, and feeling the necessity
for having some excusable pretext for having taken up arms, they decided that it
was expedient to declare in favor of Santa Anna, and a pronunciamento was
agreed upon accordingly, which was signed by Alcalde H. B. Johnson and others.
This meeting has since been somewhat celebrated as the Turtle Bayou meeting.
In a short time after, nearly all the company reached Anahuac again, every man
being ready for a fight. They put their horses in my yard, and prepared to take a
position for the conflict. The enemy's cavalry with some infantry were seen ad-
vancing with a (four) pound cannon. Our advanced Iost then fell back. The
women became alarmed and were seen running in every direction to escape the
range of the fire. The four-pound balls bounded over the ground and raised the
dust among us. Capt. Dorsatt, having put his wife, two daughters, and smaller
children into a cart, started them for my house. But having arrived at my house,
they discovered they were in still greater danger, and the women cried out to my
wife, "Run, run, or you will be killed," and the cart soon disappeared. Next
were seen several other women running about with dishevelled hair, not knowing
which way to go for safety. About this time some of those claiming to command,
gave orders to retreat. I then directed my wife and the other women to take
shelter under the bluff close by, but while they were going there a ball cut some
of the limbs of, the trees over their heads, which induced them to keep on without
stopping. The retreat was ordered until it was found the Mexicans had got be-
tween- our men and their horses, and now they discovered to their surprise, that
they were to have no chance to fight, their officers continuing to order a retreat.
One German declared he would retreat no further, but advanced and fired upon
the infantry from the corner of my fence; but he was soon taken prisoner with
some ten or fifteen others, who were afterwards made to mould brick and tramp
the clay for making them, as a punishment. By night the women had reached
Taylor White's, some six miles distant. My wife was taken up by Wm. H. Jack,
and rode behind him on his large American horse. We passed that night at
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