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culty, they bore up with cheerfulness and fortitude
and performed their marches with spirit
and alacrity. There was no murmuring.
" Previous to and during the action my
staff evinced every disposition to be useful,
and were actively engaged in their duties.
In the conflict 1 am assured they demeaned
themselves in such a manner as proved them
worthy members of the army of San Jacinto.
Colonel T. J. Rusk, Secretary of War, was
on the field. For weeks his services had
been highly beneficial to the army; in battle
he was on the left wing, where Colonel Sherman's
command first encountered and drove
the enemy; he bore himself gallantly, and
continued his efforts and activity, remaining
with the pursuers until resistance ceased.
"'I have the honor of transmitting herewith
a list of all the officers and men who
were engaged in the action, which I respectfully
request may be published, as an act of
justice to the individuals. For the commanding
general to attempt discrimination as to
the conduct of those who commanded in the
action, or those who were commanded, would
ble impossible. Our success in the action is
conclusive proof of their daring intrepidity
and courage; every officer and man proved
himself worthy of the cause in which he battled,
while the triumph received a luster from
.the humanity which characterized their conduct
after victory, and richly entitled them to
the admiration and gratitude of their general.
Nor should we withhold the tribute of our
grateful thanks from that Being who rules
the destinies of nations, and has in the time
of greatest need enabled us to arrest a powerful
invader while devastating our country.
't I have the honor to be, with higy consideration,
your obedient servant, I
" Commnander-in- Chief."
The condition in which Santa Anna was
when captured was in accordance with the
actions of all bloodthirsty cowards when entrapped
by those they have wronged. He
had torn from his body his gaudy uniform
and donned the garb of a common countryman,
but lie had forgotten to take from his
shirt-sleeves a pair of cuff-buttons, which
aronse.d the keen suspicions of James H. Sylvester,
a printer, the man who found the
sneaking despot hidden in the grass. The
capture, as told by a writer who had knowledge
of the facts, are these: "Some of Burleson's
men were out hunting for the fugitive,
when one of them saw a deer on the prairie
looking intently at some object in the tall
grass. The man approached the spot and
found lying upon the grass a Mexican in
common garb, but, upon discovering a gold
button on his sleeve, took him back to his
companions, who conducted him to camp,
having no idea of his rank. Santa Anna
offered his captors a gold watch to let
him off. As the company passed into the
camp, the Mexican prisoners exclaimed,
' El Presidente!' Inquiry was made of General
Almnonte, who announced that the one
just brought in was no less a personage than
Santa Anna himself! He was conducted to
Houston's camp, and hif own officers allowed
to remain with him, and his personal baggage
restored. Besides Sylvester, who found
him and brought him to his companions, the
captors were Joel W. Robinson, A. H. Miles
and David Cole."
How that little force of 783 Texans, badly
equipped, poorly clothed, and half starved,
could march out and crush to atoms, as it
were, in less than half an hour (eighteen
minutes, says Houston in his report), an army
of 1,500 men, splendidly accoutered, ably
generated, and comfortably clothed and fed,
RISTOR Y FTXA9
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