The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 30
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Sunday, 3d.-Fine weather-day clear. Dates were received
from the General in Chief from Bexar, of 29th March, in reply
to dispatches of the 25th, and stating that he was coming on
with 600 men, and a howitzer, which would start the 31st.
The Courier said he saw some cattle on the other side of the
river, and that he caught 8 mules and a mare-that the mes-
senger, who went from here to Bexar on the 30th, was followed
by some Americans, and was obliged to abandon his horse. We
all crossed the river, and the division finished crossing at about
12 o'clock. We sent one of the American prisoners (Smith)
to reconnoitre the pass of Luis, and he returned about 5 o'clock
in the afternoon, saying, that the Americans had abandoned
the country, and the trenches which they had made on the
bank of the river, and had taken the road to San Felipe de
Austin, with cattle, &c.-that they had not burnt the houses,
and that he did not see a single inhabitant on the road, nor a
Monday, 4th-At 6 A.M., the division took up its march
for the pass at Louis or Dewes or Mosely, about 4 leagues from
Atascosito; road good for 3 leagues, and 1 league, from Mosely's
to the river, bad and miry. The night overtook us on the bad
road, and we slept there. General Wall remained at the river
exploring. The ferry at Madame Beeson is 2> leagues from
Atascosito, and 1' leagues from Mosely's or Dewe's and from
there to the river 1 league. Some iron tools, and 2 cables were
found in the house of Mosely. The President arrived at Atas-
cosita in the night.
Tuesday, 5th.-The division returned, and the President
was now in the camp, with his staff. General Wall did not come
in until half past 10 o'clock, A.M., nor did the 2 Americans.
In the night, the President's baggage arrived.
Wednesday, 6th.-Heavy thick clouds. A courier came in
from General Gaona with despatches, dated on the Colorado,
(Bastrop.) According to the courier's statement, he had taken
various effects. At a quarter past 9 o'clock we started from the
river, and at 12 we arrived at the stream of San Bernardo, 5
leagues distant. The infantry arrived at 3 o'clock. We camped
on the side of the road, on the left bank of the river.
Thursday, 7th.-At 2 in the morning General Santa Anna
advanced towards San Felipe with 80 horses and 200 of the
Cazadores, for the purpose of taking the town by surprise by
daylight. But his object was defeated, as day broke before
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