Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 42
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-4 TEXAS ALMANAC.
on our way. Night overtook us at the "Big ?Mound,' where we camped under-
the six or eight tall pines there, using our saddles for pillows. During that night
there came \up a severe norther, accompanied with rain, and daylight found us
all shivering with the cold and wet, and, to add to our disagreeable position, some
of our horses could not be found. Upon this, Menard Maxwell, as brave a man
as ever shouldered a rifle, cried out: "Captain Logan, give me three men, and I
will go back for the horses to Roberts', for they have undoubtedly taken the back
track, the cowardly devils." His request was granted, when they started back
at a brisk trot, while we proceeded on our march in a slow gait. Towards even-
ing Maxwell overtook us, having recovered the lost horses, and he stated that he
had fallen in with Dr. Belden, (who had been of our party, and who we supposed
was also looking for the horses), who was on his return home, his courage having
oozed out after hearing the alarming accounts of the massacre of Travis, etc., the
day before. But Maxwell had taken from him his rifle, shot-pouch, and powder-
horn, telling him he could go, as he could be of no use to us, but that his rifle
was needed for some braver man.
A DISTRESSING SPECTACLE.
On reaching the Brazos Bottom, the spectacle we witnessed was agonizing and
well calculated to discourage the stoutest heart. The road was filled with carts
and wagons loaded with women and children, while other women, for whom there
was no room in the wagons, were seen walking, some of them barefoot, some
carrying their smaller children in their arms or on their backs, their other children
following barefooted; and other women were again seen with but one shoe,
having lost the other in the mud; some of the wagons were broken down, and
others again were bogged in the deep mud. Taken all in all, the sight was the
most painful by far, that I ever witnessed. But the cries of the women were
still more distressing, as they called- our attention to their forlorn situation,
raising their hands to Heaven, and declaring they had lost their all, and knew not
where to go; expressing their preference to die on the road rather than be killed
by the Mexicans or Indians, and imploring with upraised hands, the blessings of
God on our arms, and encouraging us to be of stout heart, and avert, if possible,
the disasters that were threatening the country.
ARRIVAL AT SAN FELIPE.
The bottoms presented an uninterrupted succession of such sights, till we reached
the ferry opposite San Felipe. The ferry-boat being given to us till we had all crossed
over, we passed that night in San Felipe, where we replenished our scanty supply
of provisions, and bought cooking utensils for our campaign. The next morning,
after having mounted, one Capt. Norton from New-York, made us a big talk, and
was followed by complimentary speeches from some others, as we were paraded
opposite Mrs. Peyton's public house; and our appearance being rather imposing,
all concluded we would do good service. Mrs. Peyton having gathered around her
as many of her sex as she could, they all presented themselves in her gallery, where
they gave us repeated cheers, waving their handkerchiefs incessantly as we left.
As our company was the last to pass through that place, some of our men were
detailed to gather up such straggling parties as they could find, and bring them to-
gether at San Felipe, with a view to joining the army. Hence we took it on our-
selves to seize upon all the spare rifles we could find in the hands of those who
were retreating, leaving only one to every wagon or cart, and these we gave to
those who were without any, and who were willing to fight. Having arrived at
Beason's Ferry on the Colorado, we there found Gen. Houston with the army en-
camped, to whom we reported ourselves 20th March.
During our march from the Trinity to the Colorado, I had frequent calls to re-
lieve the common complaints among our men occasioned by exposure, such as
cramps,. comics, and diarrhoea, and I therefore found the stock of medicines, with
which I had filled my saddle-bags, very useful. At times it was with much diffi-
culty I could keep up with the company, as I had often to remain behind, till I
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