The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 16
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
[The New York Herald, June 23, 1836]
We continue our translations from the "Journal." The first
portion was all preparation and diplomacy-this is all war and
bloodshed. The account of the investing and storming of the
Alamo is quite interesting. To the general reader it will be
more pleasant reading than the first part. We have some further
remarks to make-but we reserve them for another day.
ALMONTE'S JOURNAL CONTINUED.
Feb.-Sunday 21st-At 74 A. M. left Arroyo Hondo-
weather cloudy-slight showers-not cold-wind south east.
To Francisco Perez 4 leagues, (a stream of water very distant,
but not on the road) To Arroyo del Chacon, good water, 3
leagues. To the river Medina 2 leagues; all good road, but
broken by large hills. At I before 2 o'clock the President ar-
rived. The day completely overcast; the whole division at 5
o'clock, when it commenced raining heavily-all wet but
baggage dry, at 12 o'clock at night it cleared some.
Monday, 22d-Commenced cloudy, but cleared at 10 o'clock.
The troops cleared their arms and dryed their clothes; no de-
sertions whatever or sickness. We passed the day at Medina
to rest the troops. Two men from the Ranchos near Bexar ar-
rived, one menchaca [Menchaca] and another; killed a beef; va-
rious other persons came in, reviewed the troops. Sr. Ramirez
y Sermer [Sesma], marched to cut off the retreat of the enemy
with - dragoons. It was believed the enemy discovered our
Tuesday 23-At 7. A. M. the army was put in march-To the
Potranca 1 leagues-To the Creek of Leon or Del Medio, 31
leagues-To Bexar 3 leagues, in all 8 leagues. At half a league,
from Bexar the division halted on the hills of Alazan at 12j
o'clock. General Sesma arrived at 7 A. M. and did not ad-
vance to reconnoitre because he expected an advance of the
enemy which was about to be made according to accounts given
by a spy of the enemy who was caught. There was water, though
little, in the stream of Las Lomas del Alazan. At 2 the army
took up their march, the President and his staff in the van.
The enemy, as soon as the march of the division was seen, hoisted
the tri-colored flag with two stars, designed to represent Coahuila
and Texas. The President with all his staff advanced to Campo
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