The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 21
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The Private Journal of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte 21
San Luis battalion did not give any definite opinion about
either of the two modes of assault proposed. In this state
things remained-the General not making any definite resola-
tion [sic]. In the night the north parapet was advanced towards
the enemy through the water course. A Lieutenant of Engineers
conducted the entrenchment. A messenger was despatched to
[To be continued.]
 "Taking of Bexar"-this was the first signal victory
gained by Santa Anna himself over the Texians. It appears to
have cheered up their spirits wonderfully. So overjoyed were
they that no private letters were written-no time-all was
"pomp and circumstance of glorious war."
 La Bahia or Goliad was situated on the west side of the
river San Antonio, on the banks of one of whose tributaries is
Bexar or the Alamo. Col. Fannin's command was stationed at
Goliad-the main Texian army under Gen'l Houston had re-
treated at that time to the east of the Colorado.
 These twelve pounders came very near levelling Santa
Anna in the dust. Travis in this showed them good gunnery.
 "Wrote to my sister"-"before three months the cam-
paign will be ended." What a flood of reflections these recorded
sentiments of poor Almonte create! At the last accounts he
was a close prisoner of war at Velasco on the mouth of the
Brassos. When his sister hears of his sad fate what a burst
of grief and sisterly affection! Even in the midst of war these
sentiments cannot be controuled. "Wrote to my sister !" This
simple passage has raised Almonte higher in our estimation
than all his talents-his brief-energetic mind. He was the
sole cause and occasion of the war in Texas. He stimulated
Santa Anna to that expedition. Standing before the Alamo-
measuring over his various fortunes-he exultingly predicts
that Texas will be reduced in three months-and that he will
return in triumph to Mexico, where he can embrace with the
affection of a brother his beloved sister. With all his errors,
Almonte's heart breaks out in the right spot-honorable to
himself and to human nature.
 This was their second victory and their ringing the
bells is highly characteristic. San Patricio is a small place on
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