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his horse ran-agant atree fell down uncle was
badly hurt lost his horse and gun. went in the
bottom. seen the houses burning on Stafford
plantation as he was overseer there when he
joined the army when Colonel Travis Called for
assistance it was like his home. General Cos
march on next day but left asrong guard at the
point while Mother was talking. Uncle James
and Deaf Smith rode up to our Camp.
page 21 April 1836 Camping on Sims bayou.
Meeting Deaf Smith.
it was ahappy surprise. uncle James sholder was
very lame. th night after he lost his horse and
gon he crawld in side the Mexican lines. captured
ahorse and saddle. uncle went in the bottom to
Mrs West house. found corn and bacon and a
steel mill for grinding corn. his arm was so lame
couldnt corn but Eat fried Eggs & bacon. he had
been to our house. Says every thing we left in
the house had been distroyed. he wached on the
prairie at night till he seen so many Mexican
fugitives wandering about he knew there had
been fighting he met deaf Smith and other men
sent by Gen. Houston to carry adispatch from
Santaanna to General Filisola. he told uncle all
about the battle. Said he Captured General Cos
next day six mils south of Stafford point. Cos
had afine china water-pitcher full of water &
one ear of corn. he carried Cos to the point. got
ahorse and took his prisoner back to the San
Jacinto battle ground. left the fine pitche at the
point. gave it to Uncle James. uncle staid there
till Mr Smith returned from General Filisola
campe with an answer to Santannas Dispatch.
page 22 twenty two April 1836
Mr. Smith Could speak Spanish. he said he asked
the mexican if he had been in the battle the
Mexican said yes asked if he had been aprisnor
he said no he Escaped after dark the eveing of

the battle. abandoned his horse at the burnt bridge
Smith then asked had he seen General Cos. he
said no Smith then said I am deaf. Smith. I want
to fin General Cos. he offerd one thousan dollars
for my head. if I can find him will cut off his
head an send it to Mexico. when they arrived at
the battle ground was surprised to find his prisnor
was Gen. Cos. Smith took the horse and saddle
back to uncle James. gave him the fine pitche
when we got home uncle gave the pitcher to
Mother. Father examined uncle shoulder says
there is no bones broke that he would be well in
three o four weeks. Mother had some of uncle
James Clothing. she trimed his hair made him go
to the bayou bath and put on clean Clothing all
out soldiers were dirty and ragged. mother
wanted uncle to go home with her as he had
fever he would not. said he had been absent from
the army ten days. must report at head quarters.
page 23 twenty thre April 1836
Deaf Smith was very anxious to get back to the
army he is very dark looks more like amexican
than awhite man. is dressed in buckskin said he
would be ashamed to be seen in awhite shirt said
uncle James would be takeing for atory or stay
at home. Deaf Smith was the man that helped
burn the Vince bridge said if the bridge hadent
been destroyed General Felisola would have
heard of Santaanna defeat and Could have
marched to his assistance as he was not more
than 30 Miles from the battle ground. also
General Urrea was on the west bank of the
Brazos river wit adivision of the Mexican army.
when the first fugitives from the battle-field
arrived at Filisola headquarters he didn't believ
the report. when others came with the horred
tidings they believed it the Mexican fugitives gave
such adred-fulacount of Santanna down fall that
General Felisola. whe Deaf Smith arrived was
preparing to cross the river to joine General
Urrea. Mr. Smith left our Camp before day light

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