A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 40
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HISTORY OF NAVARRO, HENDERSON, ANDERSON,
"I have the honor to be, with high consideration,
your obedient servant,
" SAM HOUSTON,
"Commander-in- Chief ."
The condition in which Santa Ana 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 t~he garb of a common
countryman, but he had forgotten to take
from his shirt-sleeves a pair of cuff-buttons,
which aroused 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 on 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. As the company passed in, the
Mexican prisoners exclaimed, 'El Presidente!'
Inquiry was made of General
Almonte, who announced that the one just
brought in was no less a personage than
Saifta Ana himself. He was conducted to
Houston's camp, and his 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 generaled, and comfort.
ably clothed and fed, is nothing short of
marvelous; and with a loss of but two
killed in battle and twenty-nine wounded
to the victors, against 630 killed and 208
wounded of the enemy, to say nothing of
the prisoners; for all, or nearly all, who
were not killed or wounded, were captured,
hardly a man escaping! But oh! the
Texans had the fate of those two brave
martyrs, Travis and Fannin, in their
minds, and when the battle cry of "'ReInember
the Alamo!" rang out as they
rushed to battle, every man was a Hercules.
Ten thousand men could not have
daunted their invincible courage. They
knew that defeat meant death to every
one of them, and it were better to die in
harness than to be led out like sheep to
the slaughter. They shot and struck to
kill. Death had no terror for those
patriots, and woe betide the brutal Santa
Ana had he been caught in the actionI
He was so sure of victory that it is said
that he contemplated with pleasure the
close of the fight that he might show his
power. Every man, Houston and all, of
those San Jacinto heroes, would have been
immediately shot if they would have been
so unfortunate as not to be killed in battle.
Knowing this, how those Texans could
have refrained fiom killing this man has
always puzzled the friends of liberty. As
it was, it was the best. No stain rests
upon the escutcheon of the Lone Star
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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/m1/42/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.