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3t) TEXAS ALMANAC.
presence of mind, broke through the weather-boarding with a desperate effort,
and instantly disappeared through the side of the house. He made his way
towards Liberty, and having caught a horse on the prairie, he arrived on him
at Liberty by seven o'clock the next morning, a distance of twenty-five miles,
without saddle or bridle.
The doings of these men were reported to Piedras, who ordered his cavalry
to protect Dorsatt's family from further similar outrages. He then set the
American prisoners at liberty, as he had promised he would do, and then, to com-
plete the full measure of justice to the Colonists, he ordered Bradburn to be
arrested, which was done, and the night following he gave the command
of the garrison to Lieut. Juan Cortinez, a worthy officer. The next day,
Piedras ordered the tory company to be disbanded and to disperse within five
lays, and before that time had expired they were none of them to be seen.
Travis, Jack, Edwards, and the fourteen other prisoners, having been set at
liberty and quiet being once more restored, Piedras returned to Nacogdoches, but
on arriving there he found the citizens of the place in arms against his authority,
as they had declared for Santa Anna. After a short skirmish he capitulated, and
then he and his men were permitted to retire, when they went to San Antonio.
Travis being free, of course felt no great friendship toward Bradburn. The night
after Piedras left, Bradburn required a guard from Cortinez, as he professed to fear
assassination from Travis.
Cortinez told some that so great was his fear of Travis" that he ran to him like
a benau (a deer) to be protected by a guard."
He hid himself in corn-cribs and the woods for two weeks, and at last he was
piloted to New-Orleans, by some by-ways. When .there, great excitement pre-
vailed, as all these doings were known, being reported there as thst as they oc-
curred. He found it necessary to ask the people of New-Orleans, through the
newspapers, to suspend their opinions for a few days, till he should recruit from
the fatigues of his journey, promising them he would lay before them the whole
proceedings in Texas. Meanwhile the Mexican consul chartered a vessel and
sent him off to Vera Cruz.
The command having devolved on Lieut. Cortinez, Travis received from him
friendly treatment, but the officer Lt. Montero, who guarded him at the time the
company approached the fort for an assault, he would never forgive for the harsh
and cruel treatment he then received from his hands.
To avenge this cruel treatment, both Bradburn and Montero dreaded to see them
at large, hence both hid for a good many days in the Double Bayou woods.
Austin having defeated Uguartichea at Velasco, permitted him to evacuate and
retire to San Antonio; shortly after this, Col. Souverin, by a pronunciamento, as-
sumes the command of the troops at Anahuae. The following fall having chartered
two schooners of David and Winm. Harris, he concluded to sail with the whole gar-
rison to Tampico.
By means of these two vessels, (for which Messrs. Harris were never paid,) we
got rid of the Mexicans. The schooner Machanna (one of the two) was wrecked
near the bar of Soto la Marina, but all the men were landed safe: the other landed
her men in Tampico. Thus was Anahuac finally relieved from the presence of a
Mexican garrison and the soldiers from whom the inhabitants had suffered so
FURTHER ACCOUNT BY. COL. F. W. JOHNSON OF THE FIRST
BREAKIN( OUT OF HOSTILITIES.
[In order to guard against every error in the history of those early events that
induced the first colonists of Texas to resort to arms in the defense of their rights
and liberties, we have submitted the foregoing narrative by Dr. Labadie to Col.
Francis W. Johnson, with the request that he would make such comments and
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