Texas Almanac, 1859 Page: 60
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BU TEXAS ALMANAC.
DISTRESSING DEATH OF DR. MOTT.
Although there were some twenty-three of our men lying wounded on the floor
of the hospital, of which Dr. Phelps was surgeon, yet for three days none of them
had their wounds dressed a second time, except four or five who had been attended
by their regular surgeon. Dr. Anson Jones, who was attending on Dr. Mott, de-
sired my presence, and I readily assented. Poor Mott, I never can forget him. It
was but a few days before, whilst awaiting our chance to cross the Bayou, on our
first arrival opposite Harrisburgh, I saw young Mott reclining his head on Rusk's
shoulder, while seated on the bank. It reminded me of an affectionate son lying
on the bosom of a father. Mott was rarely ever out of sight of the one in whom
he reposed all his hopes. Colonel Rusk appeared equally attached to him. As
I entered the little room where he lay, he cast on me one of those looks of deep
distress, that too often speak despondency to the physician. Extending my hand
to him I felt his tremulous grasp, as he said: "Doctor, I am a gone case." Alas I
what could I say ? Dr. Jones was by him, doing all that could be done to allay his
sufferings, but all in vain. He was shot through the abdomen, and his bowels
were so much lacerated that mortification was now taking place, this being the third
day. He was begging constantly for drink, but nothing could remain on his
stomach. "O God I" said he, " do stop my vomiting." " My friend, said I,
'" your time is come; God alone can help you, for we can not." "Must I die ?"
said he. "It is your lot now to part from us; but trust in God. You have done
your duty, and what have you to dread?" "Nothing, nothing, nothingl " said he.
The scene was too painful-I turned away. He scarcely spoke after, and died
YOUNG TRASK AND OTHERS.
Next I saw Mr. Trask lying on the floor with his thigh broken, having been
wounded on the 20th. As I shook hands with him, he remarked, that his suffer-
ings were hourly increasing. When I stated to him my firm belief that be had a
copper ball in his leg that caused his suffering, he said: " As the cannon fired, I
felt my thigh painful, but can't say whether it is lead or\copper." Passing from one
to another, I encouraged them all I could. Those whose friends had come for them
were greatly cheered at the prospect of being at home in a few days. Those who
had friends in Texas were daily being called upon by them, and the number in the
hospital was fast diminishing; and it was fortunate, for we had nothing fit to give
them. Beef-tea and hard biscuit, brought up by Colonel Morgan, was all we had
for them, and that without salt.
ARRIVAL OF MORGAN'S STEAMER.
The boat that brought us these supplies, appeared in sight, I believe, on the 23d,
and when the smoke was seen at a distance, we were all anxious to know what it
was, though we had very little doubt it was sent by the Government from Galveston
with supplies and reinforcements. The steamer arrived at the landing with some
thirty resolute-looking men, mostly strangers, Colonel James Morgan being the
commander, assisted by Prior Bryant. They had expected to have to fight their
way through the enemy, and the sides of the boat were therefore piled up with cotton
bales for protection. The men were completely armed cap-d-pie, and would,
doubtless, have made a good fight; but they had heard of our victory at New-
Washington, where Colonel Morgan witnessed the sad sight of his town in smoul-
dering ruins. This steamer returned immediately, and brought up the colonists,
together with more provisions.
ACCIDENT IN THE CAMP.
The wounded having been removed to Zavalla's Point, my duties required me
also to cross over, and there I found destitution on all sides. I stated to Col. Hock-
ley the necessity of providing bandages, salves, etc., as there was nothing of the
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