The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 11
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The Private Journal of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte 11
[The New York Herald, Thursday, June 16, 1836]
IMPORTANT FROM TEXAS.
By the packet ship Nashville from New Orleans, which ar-
rived on Tuesday evening, we have received various documents
and papers from Texas and New Orleans - and among them,
the original copies of the "PRIVATE JOURNAL OF THE MEXICAN
CAMPAIGN AND ITS PROGRESS," by Almonte, together with a
"GENERAL ORDER BOOK," both contained in two folio manu-
scripts and written in Spanish. As soon as the Journal shall be
translated, we shall publish it in the Herald.
It is a highly interesting and valuable document, and throws
a great deal of light on the secret motives and movements of
Santa Anna and his generals. The journal is kept by Almonte,
who was in this city last summer, and previous to the war
and afterwards travelled through Texas as a spy. To his mis-
representations is attributed the campaign altogether.
The Journal or Private Diary commences on the 1st of Feb-
ruary, 1836, dated at Sa tillo. Under the date of the "6th March,
Sunday," there is an entry describing the assault on the Alamo.
It began at 51 A.M. and continued till 6 o'clock. The journal
states that the enemy (The Texians) attempted to escape
but were all killed, or put to the sword. Only four women
and one negro slave saved their lives. At the close of the entry
is the following by way of postcript:
"Our soldiers robbed me.-Almonte."
A great many other curious particulars are told in this journal
which will appear in our columns in a day or two.
Meantime we are are [sic] happy to learn that the affairs
of Texas are in a most prosperous condition. General Cos
and Col. Almonte have been adjudged by a Texian court martial
to be shot - Santa Anna's life will be preserved but he will
remain a close prisoner of war.-This decision has been made
though not yet promulgated.
Both Cos and Almonte deserve their fate. The former was a
prisoner to the Texians in the early part of the contest. He
was released on his word of honor not to take up arms against
them. He broke this honor, and he dies as a traitor ought to do.
Almonte is the same person who was here last summer and
secretly furnished or stimulated the Courier & Enquirer to
publish articles calling the Texians "rebels" and "insurrection-
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