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and myself were captured; Holliday lay close and was not discovered. One
of the men seized me and held on; Durval was placed between them to follow
on. He sprang off, and one man threw down his gun and ran after him in vain.
Duval made his escape, and I have not seen him since. I was taken to their
camp close by, when they saddled their horses in a hurry and rode off without
me. From their actions I judged they were of opinion a party of Texians was
near, and so made off. I then went to the swamp where I was taken, and found
Holliday in his old position. Next day we came to a deserted house on the La
Bacca river, apparently that of an American settler, where we found plenty of
provisions, such as meat, coin, lard, chickens, and eggs, upon which we feasted
there two days, camping at night a little way off Taking with us a good stock
of provisions, we travelled quite refreshed, and in four days reached the Colo-
rado. From almost constant rain and exposure, I had lost the use of my right
arm and shoulder, and could not swim the river. Holliday swam across with
the provisions, and promised to return and help me; but he was so weak and
exhausted from the cold and rapid current, that he was not able to do so.
Thus we parted, and I never saw him afterwards.
I went up the river, and next day found a canoe in which I crossed, and then
wandered till I got sight of the Brazos, on the 20th April, where I was taken
by a party of twenty Mexican cavalry, who carried me to the main army at
Ford Bend, under Gen. Sesma, and put me under guard with other prisoners
they had picked up. I recollect the names of but three of them, and they had
resided several years in Texas: Johnson, from New-York, Leach, an English-
man, and Simpson. Fort Bend was about thirty miles from San Jacinto, where
the battle was fought the next day, 21st April. The night after the battle a
Mexican officer, who escaped from San Jacinto, brought the news into camp,
and the army instantly retreated. When I was brought to the camp, I pulled
off my boots to dry and relieve my swollen feet; my boots were stolen, and I
had to march barefoot through the mud and water, nearly knee-deep all over
the prairies, the rain falling in torrents pretty much all the time. The army re-
turned to Victoria, where I saw four of the Macon company, who had been de-
tained there after the surrender, on account of their being mechanics: William
Wilkinson, John C. P. Kinnymore, - Barnwell, and Callahan.
I was then taken to Goliad, where I remained five days, and saw the places
where the four'divisions of prisoners had bgen butchered; some of the carcases
remained, many burnt, and others mangled; all so disfigured that I could' re-
cognize no particular person. A company of eighty-two men, from Tennessee,
under Capt. Miller, of Texas, who had been taken prisoners the moment they
landed at Copano, and whom we left in the fort at Goliad at the massacre, still
remained there on my return. One of its members, Mr. Coy, told me the parti-
culars of Ward and Fannin's death, as he said he was an eye-witness. After all
the men had been shot, the time of the officers came. CoL Ward was ordered
to kneel, which he refused to do; he was told, if he would kneel his life might
be spared. He replied, they had killed his men in cold blood, and that he had
no desire to live; death would be welcome.' He was then shot dead. Col.
Fannin made an address to the Mexican officer in command, through an inter-
preter; handed him his gold watch, to be sent to Col. Fannin's wife, also a
purse to the officer to have him decently buried. He sat on a chair, tied a hand-
kerchief over his eyes, and requested that he might not be shot in the head, and
that the marksmen should stand far enough off for the powder not to burn him.
He was shot in the head and expired.
Leaving Goliad in the month of May, with a dozen other Texian prisoners;
under a guard of cavalry attached to the main army, then about three thousand
strong, we marched to San Patricio on the Nueces river, where Cols. Teale and
Carnes, of the Texian service, came under a flag of truce, and obtained passports
from General Felisola to go to Matamoras, where Col. Teale informed me I
should be discharged. I was kept with the main army, until Gen. Felisola re-
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The Galveston News. The Texas Almanac, for 1860, with Statistics, Historical and Biographical Sketches, &c., Relating to Texas., book, 1860~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth123766/m1/89/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.