Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 115
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
March 1836 the Fall of the Alamo page 2
and negros began gathering Cattle. all the large
boys had gone to the army. by the last of february
ther was nore hopeful news. Colonel Fannin with
500 men was marching to Sanantonio. General
Houston was at Gonzales with 1000 one thousand
men. Father finished planting corn. he had hauled
apart of our house hold furniture and other thing
and hid them in the bottom. Mother had packed
what beding Clothing and provisions she thought
we would need ready to leave at amonent
warning Father had made arrangement with a
Mr. Bundick to haul our family in in his cart. we
were very confident that the army under General
Houston would whip the Mexicans before they
reach the Colorado river. Just as the people began
to quieted doun and go to work a large herd of
buffalos came by. there was four or five
thousand. the Buffalos crossed the Brazos river
above Fort bend. came out of the bottom at
Stafford point. first made their appearance before
day. passed on in sight of our house we could
only see the dust and adark cloud it lookde like
asand storm. Father tried to get ashot at one but
his horse was so fractious it was impossible. we
could not tell when the last buffelo passed as the
night was very dark we were terrible frightend
as it was supposed the Indians were following
the bufflos. they passed and went to the coast.
we had been several days with out news from
the army. didnt know but that our men had been
massacreard. the prairie looked lik it had been
plowed after the Buffalos had passed.
page 3 March 1836 the fall of the Alamo .
the way news was carried at that time was for
aman or boy to go from one neighborhood to
another. we had heard that the convention had
passed a declaration of Indpendence elected
David G. Burnet president and Sam Houston
Com-mander Chief of the army. on the 12 twelfth
of March came the news of the fall of the alam.
a Courier with adispatch from General Houston
for the people to leave Colonel Travis and the
men under his Command slaughterd. texas-army
retreating. President Burnet's Cabinet gone to
Harrisburg. then began the horris of the so-called
runaway-scrape. we left home at sun-set. hauld
being Clothing and provision on the sleigh with
one yoak of oxin. Mother and I walking she with
an infant in her arms. brother drove the oxen.
two little sisters rode in the sleigh. we were going
two miles where we could get in acart. Father
was helping with the cattle. he joined us after
dark. brought ahorse and saddle for brother sent
him to help Mr. Stafford with the Cattle he would
go adifferent road. vould ford the San Jacinto
river with the stock. Mother and I rode Father
horse. met Mrs West. She was driven her oxen
home we had sent her word in the morning she
beged Mother to go back and help her Father
said no told the lady to drive the oxen home. put
them in the cow pen. turn out the ows and Calves.
get her Children ready and he would send
assistance. went on to Mrs. Roarks. meet five
families ready to leave. two of Mr. Shipmans
sons arrived that neight. they were meare boys.
came home to help theire
page 3 March 1836 the fall of the Alamo.
parents) the two sons of Mr. Shipman didnt go
on home. Father sent them back for Mrs West's
family as he knew Mr Shipman family had gone
that morning. it was 10 oclock at night when we
got to Mrs. Roark's. shifted our thing in-to Mr.
Bundick cart. he was wating for us. tried to rest
till morning sister and I had been weep all day
about Colonel Travis got the little books he gave
us. would have taken them but Mother said it
was best to leave them at home. we were on the
move Early next morning. Mother with her four
Children in the cart. Mr. Bundick wife and negro
woman on horse back. he had been in bad helth
for some time had Just got home from visiting
his Mother living in louisiano. he brought two
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