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I4 TEXAS ALMANAC.
life of the Alcalde and William Hardin by some of Bradburn's creatures. Johnson
escaped with no clothing or covering but pants, shirt, and socks, and arrived at
our camp at an early hour in the morning. Hardin arrived later on the same day.
The arrival of these two men, and under the circumstances, created great excite-
ment and distrust. A company, under Captain Peyton R. Splaner, was ordered
out on the road to Anahuae, to watch the movements of the enemy, and another
detachment in the direction of Piedras' camp, with orders to report at the camp to
be established on the west side of Trinity, near Duncan's Ferry. The reports,
made the following day, show how groundless were the excitement and fears of the
preceding day. Colonel Piedras complied, to the letter, with his agreement, and
the Texian prisoners, once more admitted to enjoy the free air and light of heaven,
were greeted by their countrymen as they wended their way to Martin's.
Thus ended the Anahuac campaign, and the citizen soldiers returned to their
Yours respectfully, F. W. Joinsor.
[We should here remark, that, at Colonel Johnson's request, we have submitted
the above account, given by him, to several of those who participated in that first
campaign, that subsequently led to the Texas revolution, and have received the
fullest assurance that the facts are all correctly stated. We take pleasure in add-
ing that we have the promise of Colonel Johnson that be will furnish us, for a sub-
sequent number of our Almanac, a more full and detailed account, not only of all
the events of the Anahuac campaign, but of other subsequent campaigns in which
he participated.-ED. TEXAs ALMANAC.]
SAN JAC INTO CAMPAIGN.
BY N. D. LABADIE.
Previous to General Houston's arrival, some 400 men had assembled at Gon-
zales, and placed themselves under the command of Colonel Neill, where they
remained for some days anxiously waiting the arrival of reinforcements sufficient
to justify the attempt to cut their way into the Alamo.
About the 11th or 12th of March, General Houston arrived and assumed com-
mand. On the following day the let Regiment was organized by electing the
following officers: Burleson, Colonel; Sherman, Lieutenant-Colonel; Summerville
Major. A camp was formed on the east bank of the Guadalupe, just below the
town. That night news was brought into camp by an old Mexican of the fall of
the Alamo; on the following day this sad news was fully confirmed by the
arrival of Mrs. Dickinson and child, and two negro men-servants of Travis and
Almonte. They brought information to the effect, that 3000 of the enemy
would camp on the Cibolo that night. Immediately on receiving that informa-
tion, Houston ordered a retreat. Two cannon that had been procured, were
thrown into the Guadalupe river, tents and camp-baggage were burnt, as there
was no way of transporting them in consequence of the great haste to get off,
and it being extremely dark, but few of the horses of the small number they had
could be found. In fact, the haste was so great that the picket-guard that
had been posted two or three miles west of the river, were not called in. There
were many families left in the rear also. About twelve o'clock at night the
army commenced the retreat; at daylight next morning, it reached Peach
Creek, about ten miles distant, where -they halted to rest and get breakfast;
while there, heavy explosions were heard, which proved to be the blowing up
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