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: 65 of 227
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RE1VOLUTION IN TEXA3.
ican troop, which had appeared and taken up its position
on the West bank of the Guadalupe, on the 20th
September, as already stated, had on the same day at.
tempted to cross the river, and been repulsed by eighteen
men. They then encamped on a neighboring mound in
the prairie, where they remained until the 1st instant,
when they withdrew and took a strong position some
miles above Gonzales. Suspecting their object to be
to wait for reinforcements, the Texans, now amounting
to about one hundred and sixty men, crossed the river in
the night, and marched in good order towards the enemy's
encampment, near which they arrived about day.
light on the 2d. After some skirmishing, Castonado, the
Mexican commander, requested a conference, which
was agreed to, and took place between the two armies.
Castonado desired to know why he was attacked ? The
reply was, because he had demanded, and meant to take
forcible possession of, the cannon which had been presented
to the people of Gonzales for their defence, and
that of the Constitution, by Constitutional authorities,
and because he was acting in obedience to Santa Anna,
who had destroyed both the State and Federal Consti.
tutions. Castonado said that the cannon, which he
had been ordered to demand, having been refused, he
was waiting for further orders. Upon this, Col. Moore,
the Texan commander, informed him that he must
either surrender, join the Texans, or fight immediately.
Castonado saying that he was obliged to obey orders,
the conference ended and the battle began. The Tex.
ans made a spirited attack, with such admirable use of
their little cannon-which vomited a shower of old
iron, pieces of kettle, chain,
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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/m1/65/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .