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: 71 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
the 20th the army reached the Salado, within five miles
of Bexar, where it took a secure position, in order to
wait for reinforcements. Here Gen. Austin learned
that the army under Cos was busily engaged in fortifying
San Antonio, by barricading the streets and plant.
ing cannon on the top of the church, cutting down trees,
and in every way exerting themselves to make a vigorous
At the Salado, Gen. Houston, who had been elected
a member to the Consultation from Nacogdoches, joined
the army. He was known to but few; but his digni.
fied manner, his commanding person, and, more than
all, his obvious acquaintance with military affairs, did
not fail to excite the attention of the soldiers, and to
gain their esteem. He remained in the army as a private
soldier until his departure with the other members
elect to meet in consultation at San Felippe.
Exceedingly desirous, as well as the men under his
command, to march on San Antonio as soon as possible,
Gen. Austin sent despatches East, requesting that rein.
forcements should join him with all possible expedition.
On the 27th, a division of ninety-two men, under
the joint command of Captains Fannin and Bowie-men
about to be distinguished in the annals of Texas-proceeded
from the Salado to examine the Missions above
Espada, and select the most eligible situation near Bex.
ar for the encampment of the main army. Having ex.
amined the sites of San Juan and San Jose, they pro.
ceeded to a bend in the river San Antonio, near the Old
Mission of Conception, where they selected a place of
encampment. There was a plain in their front, and an
adjoining timber, forming two sides of a triangle. In
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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/m1/71/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .