Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 35
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TEXAS REVOLUTION. 85
White's who had been supplying all the company for some ten days without
a charge, with meat, corn-meal, and other provisions.
Having experienced the disadvantage of being without cannon, it was agreed,
the next morning, that John Austin should go to Brazoria to bring the schooner
Brazoria, belonging to him, with three cannon at that place, for the purpose of
landing the cannon at Double Bayou, so that we might be on something like an
equality with Bradburn. Accordingly, Austin went for the cannon, but
Ugartachea, who commanded the fort at Velasco, having received orders from
Bradburn not to permit the schooner to pass that place, notified Austin that he
could proceed no further. Austin expostulated with him, but to no effect, as
Ugartachea said his orders were peremptory. As the guns of the fort com-
manded the river, there was no alternative left for Austin but to return or fight,
and accordingly, the Brazorians having promptly come to his assistance, the
battle of Velasco was then fought, the result of which was, that Ugartachea
was defeated and compelled to capitulate. On the morning of this fight, I was
attending on Mrs. John M. Smith at the mouth of Turtle Bayou, where every
gun was distinctly heard. We were at no loss to understand the cause, as we
had been apprised the day before, by Three-legged Willie, that a fight would
have to take place, and he assured the men who were waiting at Liberty, that
the result would be favorable, and that reinforcements might soon be expected
from Brazoria. It was about this time that we learned of the arrival of Colonel
Piedras with all his forces from Nacogdoches, he having been sent for by Brad-
burn to come to his assistance. Piedras had with him also, a considerable
number of Indian auxiliaries in his service. Piedras was a man of gentlemanly
bearing and honorable principles, qualities that were wholly wanting in Brad-
burn. He came within a mile of our camp, in advance of his command, to learn
the cause of our having taken up arms. On learning that our object was to
rescue our fellow-citizens confined in the fortress at Anahuac, to whom Bradburn
had refused a trial before the Alcalde, he at once said: "Gentlemen, if this is
all the cause of the trouble you shall have the prisoners, for I will immediately
have them set at liberty." Whereupon H. B. Johnson, the Alcalde, William
Hardin, and some others, went with Piedras to Anahuac to receive the prisoners.
Meantime Piedras sends orders to his forces, some twenty miles above, to halt
at the place of Mr. Fields and await further orders.
I may here recur to a circumstance that should not be omitted in the history
of the times. During .all these difficulties Texas was not without her tories.
A number of Americans and Germans had formed a company to aid Bradburn
in carrying out his tyrannical measures. Some of these men were violently
hostile to many of us, especially to Bill Hardin, who was foremost among us
in resistance to Bradburn. This Mexican-American company, so called, learning
of the arrival of Hardin at Anahuac, declared they would have him, dead or
alive. He had arrived at Anahuac just at night, and, in company with Johnson,
stopped with Capt. Dorsatt, who, with his family, was then occupying my house
for greater safety. At about ten o'clock at night, this tory company arrived,
but as they were seen coming, Johnson made his escape through a back door,
but Hardin not having time, hid under two beds, Dorsatt's daughters lying on
them, one on each side. A cry is heard: "We want Bill Hardin; let him
come out!" They then searched all through the house. "Here are his shoes,"
says one. "Here is his hat,"' says another, "get him out; he is in the house."
They looked every where, under the bed, the tables, and in every corner. Finally
they pull down the musquito bar. A cry is heard: "Oh! shame, do not disturb
the girls." Dorsatt became enraged and was preparing for a fight to defend his
house, when an exclamation is heard: "Here he is! here he is " His head pro-
truded a little at one end of the bed, and he was recognized by his sandy hair.
"Well," says he, "boys, you have found me, but give me time to get out."
"Make room for him," said they, and all prepared to secure him. A moment
more, a crash is heard. Hardin, gathering all his strength, and with great
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