The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 31
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The Private Journal of Juan Nepomuceno Almonte 31
reaching it. Took a prisoner notwithstanding, who gave us in-
formation about the enemy: that they were 70 in number on
the other side of the river, and from 700 to 800 were higher up
the river, at the house of Mr. Gross. They had thrown up a
breastwork --two of their men were killed by grape shot.
The division arrived at half past 10-distance 5 leagues.
Friday, 8th.-In San Felipe. At daylight commenced en-
trenchment on the bank of the river opposite to the enemy,
where were placed two six pounders.-Yesterday began two
rafts. It was determined to march on.
Saturday, 9th.-At 5 A.M., we left San Felipe with the choice
companies of Guerreros, Matamoras, Mexico, and Toluca, and
50 cavalry of the regiment of Tampico and Dolores. At half
past 12 o'clock we arrived at the farm of Colls, and another
a mile beyond - in all 61 leagues. Three Americans were seen
who took the road to Marion, or Orazimba, (Old Fort,) and
leading to Thompson's ferry. We found at the farm a family
from La Baca, who came by the way of the Brassos. - Various
articles were also found. The husband of the woman was a
mulatto, the woman white. We sent Wilson (the mulatto) to
reconnoitre at Marion, that is, at the ferry. He did not return.
It rained some in the night, and the wind changed to the north.
Sunday 10th.-We remained at Coll's farm, waiting for our
scout. The farm is on the left bank of the river San Bernardo.
At a house 7 leagues from the farm, on the road leading to the
Colorado, there were 500 fanegas of corn and 20 barrels of
sugar. In the afternoon the scout returned, and confirmed the
accounts we had received of the position of the enemy. At a
quarter before 4 o'clock P. M. we took up our march for Marion,
or Old Fort, on the road from Brazoria. At half past 5 o'clock
we made a short halt at the farm of the widow Powell, or rather
at stream called Guajolota, from thence, leaving the road from
Brazoria on our right, we took the left, following the wagon
tracks to Marion. We marched until half past 9 at night, and
made another short halt. Night dark. At 2 in the morning we
commenced the march on foot, from the President down to the
soldier, leaving the baggage and cavalry, for the purpose of
surprising the enemy who defended the crossing place before
daylight. We did not succeed, as we found the distance double
what we supposed it to be. Day broke upon us at a quarter of
a league from the ferry and frustrated our plan. We then
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