A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 36
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HISTORY OF NAVARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
at the close of the victorious revoluiton, from the latter these words were added:
should have been permitted to escape the "The enemy are laughing you to scorn.
fate of those brave patriots, has been a You must fight them. You must retreat
hard pill for most Texans to swallow. Ten no further. The country expects you to
years later, when he was in command of fight. The salvation of the country dethe
Mexican army opposing General Scott, pends on your doing so." The Confederand
when he was again captured, it was ate as well as the Federal generals, during
difficult for the American soldiers to keep the late war, had their critics at their retheir
hands off tie bloodthirsty brute, and spective seats of government, yet the names
he had to be strongly guarded to save him of Houston, Lee and Grant live on; but
from the vengeance of many a grizzled where are they, who were they, who sought
Texan. Not content with these butcheries, to teach those great soldiers? The battle
Santa Ana, thinking that the conquest of of San Jacinto was the response of the
Texas was complete, gave orders to his great Texan to his official, not to say
subordinates to shoot all prisoners, he officious superior. And the best report of
himself making preparations to retire to that decisive battle is contained in the
the capital. But when he heard that a official report of the commander, who, by
considerable army under Houston was still that one blow to Mexico, secured the indein
the field, he, at the solicitation of Al- pendence of Texas, the annexation of our
monte and Filisola, concluded to remain great State to the greatest nation on earth,
and complete his work. and finally led to the acquisition of the
General Houston had been re-elected vast interior region stretching from the
commander-in-chief of the army, and had Rio Grande to the Pacific ocean:
gone to Gonzales, with the intention of "HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
reorganizing the forces, in which he had "SAN JACINTQ, April 25, 1836.
great difficulty, for the fate of Travis and "To His Excellency, D. G. BURNETT,
Fannin and their men caused a great panic President of the Republic of Texas:
when the news became known. Besides, "Sir:-I regret extremely that my situathirty-two
of the citizen soldiers of Gon- tion since the battle of the 21st has been
zales, who had entered the Alamo the such as to prevent my rendering you my
night before the battle, were slain, leaving official report of the same previous to this
a dozen or more families of that town with- time.
out a head. A number of desertions also T I have the honor to inform you that on
occurred, and the alarm was, indeed, wide- the evening of the 18th instant, after a
spread. Then came some movements on forced march of fifty-five miles, which was
the part of General Houston that caused effected in two days and a half, the army
great criticism of his actions. There was arrived opposite Harrisburg. That evening
not a very considerable cordiality between a courier of the enemy was taken, from
the commander and the newly inaugurated whom I learned that General Santa Ana,
president, and in an order to the former with one division of his choice troops, had
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/38/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.