Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 39
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TEXAS REVOLUTION. ;U
to Turtle Bayou. After consultation, a meeting was called and its object stated,
whereupon a committee was appointed to draw up a preamble and resolutions
declaratory of the wrongs and abuses committed by the chief magistrate of the
nation and .his minions, the military; and also of the determination of Texas to
repel further aggressions by the military, and to maintain their rights under the
constitution of 1824. The committee having performed this duty, the preamble
,and resolutions were unanimously adopted by the meeting. Thus this little band
boldly proclaimed their rights, and a determination to defend them, and called upon
all Texas to join them.
In the evening of the same day, we marched up to Dunman's. Here it was
determined that Captain John Austin, Geo. B. McKinstry, and others, should pro-
ceed to Brazoria, for the purpose of raising men and getting artillery and munitions,
all of which to be transported by water, and landed at some suitable point near
Anahuac. Colonel William Pettus and Robert M. Williamson were sent to San
Felipe, for the purpose of raising and forwarding men. In the mean time, the small
force left in the tield, were to occupy such positions as would enable us to watch
the movements of the enemy, and, if occasion offered, to strike a blow. From
Dunman's we took a position at Mosses Spring, where, in a few days after, we
were joined by Captain Abner Kuykendall and his company, of from forty to sixty
men, from Austin's colony. Small parties were daily arriving. Thus reinforced,
we marched forward again, and took up a position at Dunman's, were we were
further reinforced by parties from Austin's Colony, and from Bevil's Settlement, on
the Neches. Thus again we were enabled to resume offensive measures, and only
awaited the arrival of artillery to march upon Anahuac. Under this state of
things, and at this point, we were visited by commissioners from the camp of Colo-
nel Piedras, who had marched with a part of his forces, from Nacogdoches, on a
call from Colonel Bradburn. The conference with the commissioners resulted in
nothing more than the information that Colonel Piedras was encamped some twenty
miles north of Liberty. The commissioners were informed of our objects and
wishes, and an agreement to meet again, on a day named, at James Martin's, near
With the enemy in our front and rear, it was determined to take up a stronger
position, and, accordingly, we were marched to Mosses Spring. On the day ap-
pointed, the commissioners of Piedras were met at Martin's. Not being able to
agree upon any thing satisfactory and definite, the commissioners were directed to
say to Colonel Piedras that we would meet him at or near his camp on a certain
day, but that, in the mean time, he was not to move forward or backward, as in
either event it would be held hostile, and put an end to further negotiation.
With a view to prevent a junction of the two forces, it was determined to take
up a position near Martin's, where we could more effectually prevent such a union,
and, if need be, fight them in detail. Before leaving Mosses we received news,
by express, of the battle of Velasco.
On the day appointed, Francis W. Johnson, Captain Randal Jones and James
Lindsey,, as commissioners, and Captain Francis Adams, as interpreter, met Colonel
Piedras and his commissioners near, their camp. The conference was conducted
with all that politeness and courtesy characteristic of the Mexican gentleman.
We were not long in agreeing on terms, which were, that the prisoners should at
once be released and delivered over to the Alcalde 'of Liberty; that Bradburn -
should be put under arrest, and the command given to the next senior officer;
Colonel Piedras accompanied us, that evening, to Captain George Orr's, where he
spent the night.
The next morning, Colonel Piedras, accompanied by the Alcalde, Hugh' B.
Johnson, passed our encampment. Being notified' of their approach, the troops
were drawn up in line and saluted them. In the evening of that day, they arrived
at Anahuac, where, the next morning, he was to release and turn over the Tetian
prisoners to the Alcalde. Bradburn .was put under arrest soon after the arrival of
Colonel Piedras. During the :night an attempt, it is believed, was made on the
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