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THE ADVENTURES OF
who were retreating from the field. My first impression
was that I had been struck with a nine-pound
cannon-ball. It kicked me heels over head, and I suppose
kept on kicking me after I was down, for when
I "came to" I found that my nose was unjointed and
two of my ribs stove in. I have since found that the
Mexicans never place them to the shoulder, but hold
them with both hands above their heads and fire at
random, which accounts in a great measure for the
little execution done by them.
But to come back to my story. The Mexicans received
us, as I said, with heavy discharges from these
escopetas, and after some sharp skirmishing we got
possession of a portion of the town, and the fighting
began in earnest.
Among us there were some of the best marksmen
in the world, backwoodsmen from Kentucky, Tennessee,
and Arkansas, and every "greaser" that ventured
to peep at us above the parapets of the houses, and
round the corners of the streets, was sure to get a
bullet through his head.
In the meantime, with crowbars and picks, some of
us were busily engaged in breaking through the stone
walls of the buildings, and in this way we were rapidly
advancing toward the "square," in the centre of the
town. Night, however, came on and put an end, for
the time, to the contest.
So far, we had lost but one man killed (Major
Jones, former Postmaster-General of the Republic).
The Mexican loss must have been considerable, but
we had no means of ascertaining the extent of it.
Just as the fight ended, two or three of us had
picked our way into a room, where we found a table
Here’s what’s next.
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Duval, John C. The adventures of Big-Foot Wallace, the Texas ranger and hunter, book, 1870; [Macon, Ga.]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5831/m1/188/?search=%22con+carne%22/: accessed September 22, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .