Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 56
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Our rejoicing was not, however, unmingled with sorrow, as we heard of the
death of some of our friends. Lieut. Lamb was shot dead on the ground, and
young Brigham was mortally wounded, and both were buried with the honors of
war. The wounded were taken across the bayou to Gen. Zavalla's house,
and at ten o'clock that night, Dr. Ewing summoned me to cross over with the two
ast of the wounded, brought from the battle-field, making (19) nineteen in all
badly wounded, thirteen of whom were lying on the floor, suffering from wounds
of various kinds, fourteen of whom belonged to Billingsly's company. The few
bandages we had provided were divided between Dr. Davidson and myself, and
with them we went to work. I was assisted by only one attendant with a candle.
Scarcely could I dress the wounds of one, when others would call on me for relief
from their great sufferings. Thus I continued until seven had passed through my
hands. All I had eaten for the past two days, (the 20th and 21st,) was the small
piece of bread I had made from the flour on the flat-boat, which I had to run off
with. I had beed afflicted with rheumatic pains in consequence of lying on the
wet and cold ground, and from the time we crossed Mill Creek to the 21st, I was
never two hours at a time free from suffering, and Dr. Ewing several times
advised me to leave the army, which I was determined not to do as long as I
could walk. The excitement of the 21st had predominated over my pains, but no
sooner had I returned to camp than my pains began to cause me to suffer, and I
felt reluctant to attend upon the wounded, especially as I knew there were sur-
geons enough who were well, to attend upon three times as many. The stooping
position I was compelled to assume to dress the wounded as they lay upon the
floor, caused my pains to be still more acute, when I declared to Dr. Phelps, who
was present, that I could proceed no further, and asked him, as the Hospital Sur-
geon, if the other surgeons were not to do duty. He said they had all left and
gone over to the camp. It was now two o'clock in the morning of the 22d, and I
said to Dr. Phelps that I was too much exhausted to proceed any further. He
then brought me a bowl of tea and some hard biscuit, which tasted to me better
than anything I had eaten for years, and gave me renewed strength, so that I got
upon my knees again and finished dressing the wounded, after which I lay down
on the same floor with them and soon fell into a most refreshing sleep, from which
I waked three hours after, freer from pains than I had been since setting out on
THE TWENTY-SECOND, AND ITS EVENTS.
At six o'clock A. M., of the 22d, I crossed over to the camp, when I learned
many dispatches had been sent to all parts of Texas announcing the victory. I
soon observed many strange faces, all congratulating us on the victory, and
expressing regret that they could not cross the bayou to participate in it, when we
all knew very well they were lying hid, awaiting the result, in order to take
advantage of it, whether for or against us. There are cowards and tories in every
revolution, and Texas was favored with a smaller proportion of this class than
usually falls to the lot of other nations.
NUMBER OF OFFICERS AND WOUNDED OF THE ENEMY.
Prisoners were being brought in to the guard-house every hour, until very little-
notice was taken of them. Colonel Hockley requested me to make out a correct regis
ter of the number of soldiers and officers captured, and also of the number ofwounded,
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