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: 39 of 227
KIEVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
resolved to espouse the cause of the latter, and to assist
their fellow.citizens of the former place in obtaining
redress of their grievances. But, first, they invited
Ugartechea, commandant of the fort at Velasco, to join
them in the support of the Liberal cause they had es.
poused, and at the same time informed him, in a candid
manner, of their purpose to march against Anahuac;
and counting upon his good offices for many kindnesses
they had shown him, and for the good understanding
which had existed between them, they requested him to
permit them to take past the fort at Velasco, a cannon,
with which they were desirous to proceed round by
water to Anahuac; and, furthermore, even requested
him to protect their families and property in their ab.
sence. Ugartechea refused to join them, and told them
in a frank and gentleman.like manner, that the commandant
at Anahuac being his superior, he was obliged
to obey orders received from that officer; that he could
afford them no countenance; and that, if they attempted
to take a cannon past Velasco, he was bound to give
them the best fight he could. " Well," said they, " we
must then dislodge you first." Accordingly, they immediately
assembled, to the number of 117, and attacked
the fort on the morning of the 26th of June, before
day. A battle ensued, next to that of the Alamo in '36,
the bloodiest during the War of Independence in Texas.
The Texans were gallantly led to the charge by their
commander, John Austin; but, whilst it was yet dark,
directed in their fire only by the flash of their enemies'
guns, and, exposed to the full effect, not only of the Mex.
ican small arms, but of a cannon placed on a pivot upon
a bastion of the fort, they suffered much; whilst they
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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/m1/39/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .