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tories gained by Magee's men, had drawn to San Antonio
many adventurous spirits. Ross was made commander
of the forces. Suddenly news came that Elisondo, a
Spanish general, was approaching with a force of 3000
men and that he was determined to destroy utterly
the little band of Americans and Mexicans. Capt. Ross,
having been warned by his Mexican wife that the Mexi-
can troops were planning to desert, wished to retreat
from San Antonio. As the other officers refused to
follow his advice, he left the expedition and Perry was
chosen leader. Elisondo, having encamped on the Al-
azan (June, 1813), demanded that San Antonio be sur-
rendered, promising that all Americans should be sent
home in safety, but stating that Capt. Delgado and
the Mexican soldiers would be tried for the murder of
Salced6 and the other Spanish officers. If the Mexi-
cans had expected to desert the Americans they now
found it to their interest to change their plans; in most
imploring terms they begged Perry to trust them, prom-
ising to acquit themselves in battle like heroes. Perry
sent Elisondo a positive refusal to surrender the city.
The Americans now restored G-utierres to command,
thinking this action would tend to keep the Mexicans
more firmly bound to them. Seeing there was no time
to be lost Perry resolved to steal upon the enemy un-
awares. In the fair dawn of the June morning, as the
Spanish were at their matins, Perry and his men burst
like an avalanche upon them; the pickets were captured,
the flags taken, the guns seized before the Spanish re-
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