The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 17
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The Private Journal of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte 17
Santo (burying ground.) The enemy lowered the flag and fled,
and possession was taken of Bexar without firing a shot.
At 3 P. M. the enemy filed off to the fort of Alamo, where there
was - pieces of artillery; among them one 18 pounder: I [t]
appeared they had 130 men; during the afternoon 4 grenades
were fired at them. The firing was suspended in order to re-
ceive a messenger, who brought a dispatch the contents of
which appears in No. 1, and the answer which was given will
be found in No. 2. I conversed with the bearer who was Jameson
(G. B.) and he informed me of the bad state they were in at
the Alamo, and manifested a wish that some honorable con-
ditions should be proposed for a surrender. Another messenger
afterwards came, (Martin) late a clerk in a house in New
Orleans. He stated to me what Mr. Travis said, "that if I
wished to speak with him, he would receive me with much
pleasure." I answered that it did not become the Mexican Gov-
ernment to make any propositions through me, and that I
had only permission to hear such as might be made on the
part of the rebels. After these contestations night came on,
and there was no more firing. In the night another small battery
was made up the river near the house of Veremenda. I lodged
in the house of Nixon, (Majo'r) with Urriza and Marcil Aguirre.
An inventory of the effects taken was made; many curious
papers were found. One Smith, carpenter and cabinet maker,
they say was the owner of the effects. I did not sleep all
night, having to attend to the enemy and the property, the charge
of which of which [sic] was entrusted to me; its value was
Wednesday, 24th.-Very early this morning a new battery
was commenced on the bank of the river, about 350 yards from
the Alamo. It was finished in the afternoon, and a brisk fire
was kept up from it until the 18 pounder and another piece
was dismounted. The President reconnoitered on horseback,
passing within musket shot of the fort. According to a spy,
four of the enemy were killed. At evening the music struck up,
and went to entertain the enemy with it and some grenades.
In the night, according to the statement of a spy, 30 men ar-
rived at the fort from Gonzales.
Thursday, 25th.--The firing from our batteries was com-
menced early. The General in Chief, with the batallion de
Cazadores, crossed the river and posted themselves in the
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