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on his countenance, said to us: 'Keep still, gentlemen, you are safe.
This is not from nmy orders, nor do I execute themr.' He then in-
formed us that an order had arrived the preceding day to shoot all
prisoners, but he had assumed the responsibility of saving the sur-
geons and about a dozen others, under the plea that they had been
taken without arms. In the course of five
or ten minutes we heard as many as four
distinct volleys fired in as lnany direc-
: tions, and regular firing, which continued
an hour or more before it ceased. Our sit-
uation and feelings at this time may be
:: ; : imagined, but it is not in the power of
language to express them. The sound of
every gun, as it rang in our ears, told but
too terribly the fate of our brave com-
panions, while their cries, which occasion-
ally reached us, heightened the horrors of
the scene. Dr. Shackleford, who sat at
my side, suffered, perhaps, the keenest
THOMAS J. RUSK anguish that human heart could feel. His
company of Red Rovers, that he had brought out and commanded,
was composed of young men of the first families in his own neigh-
borhood-his particular and esteemed friends; and besides two of
his nephews, who had volunteered with him, his eldest son, a tal-
ented youth, the pride of his father, the beloved of his company, was
there; and all, save a trifling remnant, were involved in the bloody
(6.) From the report of Thomas J. Rusk, Secretary of
War, relative to the battle of San Jaointo:
" This glorious achievement is attributed, not to superior force,
but to the valor of our soldiers and the sanctity of our cause. Our
army consisted of seven hundred and fifty effective men. This brave
band achieved a victory as glorious as any on the records of history,
and the happy consequences will be felt in Texas by succeeding gene-
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/206/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .