History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell. Page: 100 of 227
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which is undoubtedly substantially correct, is given by
a negro man, Ben, who, at the time of the siege, acted
as cook for Santa Anna and Almonte. Ben had previously
been a steward on board several American vessels-had
been taken up at New-York, in 1835, by
Almonte as body servant-had accompanied him in
that capacity to Vera Cruz, and thence to Bexar.
After the fall of the Alamo he was sent, with Mrs.
Dickerson and Travis' servant, to the Texan camp at
Gonzales, and subsequently became cook to General
"I," says a highly respectable officer of the Gene.
ral's Staff, " had repeated conversations with Ben relative
to the fall of the Alamo. He knew but little. He
stated that Santa Anna and Almonte occupied the
same house in the town of Bexar, and that he cooked
for both; that, on the night previous to the storming
of the fort, Santa Anna ordered him to have coffee
ready for them all night; that both he and Almonte
were, conversing constantly, and did not go to bed;
that they went out about midnight, and about two or
three o'clock returned together to the house; that
Santa Anna ordered coffee immediately, threatening
to run him through the body if it was not instantly
brought; that he served them with coffee; that Santa
Anna appeared agitated, and that Almonte remarked
'it would cost them much;' that the reply was, 'it
was of no importance what the cost was, that it must
" 'After drinking coffee,' says Ben, 'they went out,
and soon I saw rockets ascending in different direc.
tions, and.shortly after I heard musketry and cannon,
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Newell, Chester. History of the revolution in Texas, particularly of the war of 1835 & '36; together with the latest geographical, topographical, and statistical accounts of the country, from the most authentic sources. Also, an appendix. By the Rev. C. Newell., book, 1838; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6109/m1/100/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .