Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 119
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
keep the Indians in sub-jection but didnt prevent
the people from crossing with theire slaves.
General Ganes said the boundary line betwen
United States and Mexico was the Neches river
the young men went ashort distance from us to
camp. then we heard some body hollo in the
direction of liberty. we could see aman on horse-
back waveing his hat we thought the Mexican
army had crossed the trinity as we knew there
was no one left at liberty the young men came
with theire guns when the man got near that we
could understand what he said. it was turn-back
turn-back, the texas army has whiped the
mexican army. no danger no danger. turn-back
the mexicans are prisoners. When he got to the
camp he could scarcely speek he was so excited
and out of breth.
page eleven 11 April 1836
hearing the Glorious news of the battle
when the young men began to undersand the
Glorious News they wanted to fire asalute Father
made them stop told them to say theire am-
munitions as they might need it. asked the man
for an explanation. he gave Father a-dispatch
from General Houston givng a statement of the
battle. saying it would be safe for the people to
return to theire homes. the Courier crossed the
trinity river in acanoe. swam his horse with the
help of two men. left the battle field. the next
day after the battle. said General Houston was
wounded. that General Santa Anna had not been
Captured. the good news was Cheering indeed
the Courier name was McDermet. he was an
Irish man. had been a play actor staid with us
that night told various inciden of the battle. left
next moring to carry the gla tidings to the people
that had crossed the Sabine river ther was not
much sleeping that night. M. McDernit said he
hadnot slept in awek he not only told various
incidents of the retreat of the texas army but
acted them. the only time Mothe had laughed
since the death of my little sister was his descrition
of General Houston helpeing to get acannon out
of a bog hole. we were on the move Early nex
morning the Courier went on we took alower
road wint down the trinity rive Crossed the trinity
river in a flat-boat.
page 12 twelve April 1836 on the way back home
When Mr McDermit left us the young men fired
a salute. they traveld with us till we crossed the
river staid one night At aMr. laurences there was
agreat many families there among them Mrs.
James peary. She had not goin East of the trnet
her husband Captain James Peary was in the
army. Mrs. Peary was asister of Stephen F.
Austin. My parents knew them in Missouri Mrs
Peary had ayoung babe also aprit little Daughter
named Emily. after crooing the trinity river we
had adisagreeable time crossing trinity bay it had
been raining two days & nights. there was a
bayou to cross there was no bridge. the only way
to pass was to go three miles throug the trinity
bay to get aroung the mouth of the bayou. ther
were guide-post to poin out the way. it was very
dangerous. if we got near the mouth of the bayou
there was quick-sand & if the wind rose the
waves roild high. the bayou was infested wth
alligtors. afew day before our family arrived at
the bay aMr. King was Caught by an Alligator
and carried under water he was going Eaest with
his family Mr. King had swam his horses across
the mouth of the bayou. swam back to the west
side drove the cart in the bay. his wife & Cildren
became frightend. he turned back said he would
go up the river and wait for the waters to subside
got his family back on land. swam the bayou to
page 13 April 1836
back the horses. got nearly across with them
whe alarge alligator appear Mrs. King first
observed the alligator above water she scramed.
the alligator struck her husband with it tail. Mr.
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