The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 14
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
it, and a general fight ensued. The cannon opened on the pro-
cession, but being some two blocks distant and aimed a little
too high, most of the nails and scrap iron with which it was
loaded went over the heads of the crowd and struck the top
of the old high school annex. The firing continued for some
time and then slowed down while the combatants went to seek
more ammunition, and on their return the hostilities were re-
newed with vigor. "One very praiseworthy and noticeable fea-
ture during the fight was the presence of the leaders of the
Bota or democratic party, C. M. Macdonnell, W. H. Adams,
Robert SAnchez, brother of the present sheriff, Judge J. M.
Rodriguez and others. These gentlemen were to be seen like
regular military officers, always in the thickest of the fight
and leading on their men."30
After the battle had subsided, the Botas reformed and con-
tinued their march back to their hall on Iturbide Street, but
were fired on again. It was at this moment that Colonel R. F.
Bernard, commanding officer at Fort McIntosh, appeared on the
scene with a body of United States soldiers and peace was
restored. This abrupt ending of the fight caused one reporter
to wire his paper, "It is impossible to surmise how long the
thing would have lasted, it would probably have been a case of
the Kilkenny cats, but for the appearance of United States
regulars on the scene.""' Colonel Bernard immediately disarmed
all participants, without respect to party affiliations, closed the
the ferry to Nuevo Laredo, and patrolled the town during the
night and the following day.
The timely arrival of Colonel Bernard with his troops in all
probability saved the town from greater disorder and a possible
looting by the rabble. One of the "war correspondents" wrote:
"Toward dusk, just before the troops came from Fort McIntosh,
the bank of the opposite side of the river was crowded with
Mexicans, and as fast as they could climb into the boats they
pulled for this side, many of them who had not dared to come to
this side for years, on account of their past deeds in Texas. They
came mostly armed and ready for deviltry of any kind. As
soon as some of the citizens became aware of these facts, they
made preparations to defend their families, although during the
wildest excitement of the day they had remained perfectly pas-
soSan Antonio Express, April 9, 1886.
31Ibid., April 8, 1886.
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