The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 19
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The Private Journal of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte 19
Saturday 27th.-The northern wind was strong at day break,
and continued all the night. Thermometer at 39. Lieutenant
Manuel Menchacho was sent with a party of men for the corn,
cattle, and hogs at the Ranchos (small farms) of Seguin and
Flores. It was determined to cut off the water from the enemy
on the side next to the old mill. There was little firing from
either side during the day. The enemy worked hard to repair
some entrenchments. In the afternoon the President was ob-
served by the enemy and fired at. In the night a courier ex-
traordinary was dispatched to the city of Mexico, informing
the Government of the taking of Bexar,  and also to Gen'ls
Urrea, Filisola, Cos & Vital Fernandez. No private letters were
Sunday, 28th.-The weather abated somewhat. Thermometer
at 40 at 7 A. M. News were received that a reinforcement
to the enemy was coming by the road from La Bahia, in number
200.  It was not true. The canonading was continued.
Monday 29th.-The weather changed-thermometer at 55;
in the night it commenced blowing hard from the west. In
the afternoon the battalion of Allende took post at the east of
the Alamo. The President reconnoitered. One of our soldiers
was killed in the night. The wind changed to the north at mid-
night, about that time Gen. Sesma left the camp with the cavalry
of Dolores and the infantry of Allende to meet the enemy com-
ing from La Bahia or Goliad to the aid of the Alamo. Gen'l
Castrillon on guard.
March 1st.-The wind subsided, but the weather continued
cold-thermometer at 36 in the morning-day clear. Early
in the morning Gen. Sesma wrote from the Mission de la Espador
that there was no such enemy, and that he reconnoitered as
far as the Tinaja, without finding any traces of them. The
cavalry returned to camp, and the infantry to this city. At
12 o'clock the President went out to reconnoitre the mill site
to the north west of the Alamo. Lieut. Col. Ampudia was com-
missioned to construct more trenches.-In the afternoon the
enemy fired two 12 pound shots at the house of the President,
one of which struck the house, and the other passed it. 
Nothing more of consequence occurred. Night cold-thermometer
34 Farenheit, and 1 Reaumur.
Wednesday, 2d.-Commenced clear and pleasant-thermom-
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