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: 79 of 227
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REVOLtTO1 1lN TEXAS.
IN the siege of Bexar, Gen. Austin adopted the Fa.
bian system of delay. He deemed it best to "waste
away the resources, and spirits, and numbers of the enemy,
by a protracted siege, the ultimate success of which
appeared certain, without any serious hazard." This
policy did not suit the volunteers. They had left theii
homes in warm weather, with only their summer clothing,
expecting that Bexar would be taken in two
or three weeks. The cold and rainy season had now
set in, which was more than usually inclement; they
were suffering much for want of provisions, as well as
clothing. In this situation, their term of volunteer service
having more than expired, they were on the point
of breaking up and returning to their homes. This
was prevented, as regarded the greater number, by the
timely intelligence from Government, that all who
would remain in the army until the fall of Bexar should
receive twenty dollars per month.
On the 25th, General Austin, having intelligence of
his appointment as Commissioner to the United States,
left the army, and retired to San Felippe. Edward
Burleson was chosen to succeed him in command.
Gen. Burleson adopted the plan of Austin, and pro.
tracted the siege. The volunteers were daily departing
to their homes, and but few arrived; it was necessary
to devise some measure to keep them together. About
the 30th, the officers adopted the following plan:
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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/m1/79/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .