Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 49
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TEXAS REVOLUTION. 49
day, the army had all crossed over, Dr. Phelps having been left to attend to some
ten or twelve who were sick with the diarrhea; the Red Land company, consist-
ing of some 40 men, also remaining to guard the camp. My horse having been
taken by some one without my consent, I got Dr. Davidson to take my saddle-bags
with his own, both being filled with bandages that we had made as chance threw
a few rags in our way.
SPEECHES TO THE ARMY.
We had all the particulars of Santa Anna being in advance of us, and we now
felt certain that a decisive conflict was bound to take place. Before crossing the
Bayou, Gen. Houston made us an animated speech, towards the conclusion of which
he said: "' The army will cross and we will meet the enemy. Some of us may be
killed and must be killed;- but, soldiers, remember the Alamo, the Alamo I the Ala-
mo l" Maj. Somerville remarked : "After such a speech, but d--d few will be taken
prisoners-that I know." Col. Rusk then made a most eloquent speech inspiring
all with an enthusiastic and eager desire to meet the enemy, calling also upon the
men to remember the Alamo and Goliad, and in the midst of his speech he stopped
suddenly, saying, "I have done," as if it had just occurred to-him that it was a
waste of words to talk to men who had been so long impatient for the very conflict
that was now about to take place.
THE MARCH AND EVENTS OF THE 19Ta.
Having crossed, I waited for the staff, who were all mounted except myself and
two others, whose horses could not be found, and we preferred to walk, rather than
lose the chance of a fight which we then expected would take place that very night
and within a mile or two. As Gen. Houston came by me, he inquired why I was
on foot, and having had my answer, he rode up to CoL Perry, saying: "How came
you to disobey orders ?" "General," said he, " I was one of the first to cross, and I
went a little ahead of the guard to learn something of the enemy; but the guard
having overtaken me, would take no excuse, but brought me back to you." Hous-
ton said: "Consider yourself arrested and give me your pistols; I believe you have
been in communication with the enemy." But the Colonel declared he had not;
however, his pistols wer eturned to him the day before the fight. Having marched
till 11 o'clock, our advance ported that the enemy had taken the New-Washing-
ton road. Orders were then given to halt. Rifle in hand, I then lay down alongside
of a log, without cloak or blanket. The ground was wet, and as I was cold and
shivering, a cold norther having chilled the night air, I was truly grateful for a
share of Dr. Ewing's blanket as he lay down by my side. As we knew not what
moment an attack might be made, we passed a comfortless and sleepless night,
without supper, and with our rifles under our heads to be ready at a moment's
THE MARCH AND SKIRMISH OF THE 20m.
Daybreak finally dawns. Slowly crawling out, I perceived all was silent, the guard
only standing around a small fire, awaiting the return of the spies. By and by
the sleepers arose, and by 6 o'clock we are again on our march towards Lynchburg.
Having passed a small bayou, orders were given to halt for breakfast. Our guns
were stacked, and three cows that happened to be near by, were shot down, and
immediately large numbers started off for wood to kindle fires. The surgeons' mess
was the third fire kindled. A pot of brackish water with a handful of half-pounded
coffee thrown in was ready to boil, when Dr. Booker came up with a dozen eggs,
which were at once put into the pot of coffee to boil. At this moment, the spies
were seen coming in a gallop, i'hen the word was given: "To arms, to your arms l"
The eggs were taken out, and' each one drinks his small share of the hot boiling
coffee the best way he could; but when the'eggs were found to contain chickens,
I surrendered my share to others, who finding them well cooked, swallowed them
quickly, when each seized his rifle' and hastened to his post, leaving some fifty fires
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