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: 38 of 227
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The commandant, not daring to resist, promised to release
his prisoners; requesting a little time to be allowed
him first, to make out or arrange some necessary
documents. This the Colonists granted, and trusting
to his word and honor, were leaving the garrison,
when he, in a treacherous manner, characteristic of his
nation, opened a fire upon them, aware no doubt of the
near approach of reinforcements by which he expected
to be sustained. The Colonists turned to attack him,
when they unexpectedly fell in with a force under
Piedtas, commandant of the garrison at Nacogdoches.
This was the expected reinforcement. Piedras found
himself cut off from the garrison he was approaching,
and being nearly surrounded, was obliged to surrender.
He was promised permission to return with his force
to Nacogdoches, on condition of his ordering the release
of the prisoners at Anahuac. This, (being the superior
of the officer there in command,) he did, and returned to
Nacogdoches. The Colonists, having attained their obh
ject, returned to their homes. Such is the wonderful
forbearance of intelligent freemen, contending for their
Whilst yet they were under arms, however, having
heard that the citizens of Vera Cruz, headed by Santa
Anna, had declared for the Constitution and Laws,
against the arbitrary administration of Bustamente, then
President of the Republic, they passed resolutions una.
nimously declaring their purpose to espouse the cause
of their fellow-citizens at Vera Cruz.
In the mean time, thle citizens of the department of
the Brazos having intelligence both of the difficulties at
Anahuac and of the rise of the citizens of Vera Cruz,
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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/m1/38/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .