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their rear was a bluff of about ten feet sudden fall, and
thence a bottom extending fifty or one hundred yards
to the river. In this place, in two divisions, one on
each side of the triangle, they encamped for the night.
Next morning an advanced guard of the enemy's cavalry
appeared, and fired upon a Texan sentinel. Upon
this, the Texans were called to arms, but were unable
to see the enemy on account of a dense fog.
When the fog disappeared, they saw themselves surrounded-that
a desperate fight was inevitable, all
communication with the main army being cut off.
Preparations were made; the two divisions formed
contiguous to each other, that either might assist the
other at the shortest notice. Brush and vines, under and
along the margin of the bank, were at the same time or.
dered to be cleared away, and at the steepest places steps
to be cut for a foothold, that the soldiers might readily
ascend and discharge their rifles, descend again and
reload. This was scarcely done, when the engage.
ment commenced, and soon became general. The dis.
charge by the enemy was a continued blaze of fire,
whilst that from the Texan lines was more slowly de.
livered, but with good aim and deadly effect. Each
man, as he fired, retired under cover of the hill, to give
place to others, and reload. After about ten minutes
a brass four-pounder was opened upon the Texans,
with a heavy discharge of grape and cannister, and a
charge sounded; but the cannon was immediately
cleared, and a check given to the charge. The enemy
having three times repeated this experiment with the
same success,-the Texans, at the same time rapidly
approaching the cannon under the hill with the cry,.
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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/m1/72/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .