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: 80 of 227
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They ordered a general parade, formed the volunteers
into a hollow square, addressed them in an eloquent
manner upon the great importance of persevering in
the siege, and requested such as were willing to
remain thirty days, or until the fall of Bexar, to
signify the same bp advancing some paces in front.
The plan succeeded; most pledged themselves to re.
main. But, tired of inaction and delay, they demanded
an immediate assault on the town. A day was, therefore,
appointed; that day passed without any movement,
and the succeeding day was appointed; which having
also passed in inaction, the Commander-in-Chief gave
orders for a retreat on the evening of the next day, the
4th of December, to Gonzales, to winter quarters. This
retreat had accordingly commenced at the appointed
time, when, by good fortune, the Texan arms, about to
suffer a temporary eclipse, if not dishonor, were turned
to victory and to glory.
Just at the critical time of its departure, a Mexican
deserter rode up to the army, from San Antonio,
who informed the Texans that there were many disaffected
troops under Gen. Cos, opposed to the military
government of Santa Anna; and that San Antonio might
be easily taken. On the receipt of this intelligence,
two hundred and fifty of the volunteers immediately re.
solved to attack the town, and chose Benjamin R. Mi.
lam, the hero of many a bloody fray and hazardous
adventure, to lead them on. Milam determined upon a
plan of attack worthy of his character as a soldier.
The city of San Antonio, on the West side of the river
of the same name, is in the form.of an oblong square.
On the East side of the river, nearly opposite, and corn.
municating with the town by two small bridges, was a
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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/m1/80/: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .