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: 81 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
strong fort, the Alamo. The volunteers were on the
West side of the town. At three o'clock on the morn.
ing of the 5th, Milam ordered Col. Neil, with a comr
pany of artillery, to proceed round by the source of the
river San Antonio to the Alamo, and make a feint upon
it, for the purpose of drawing the attention of the Mexicans
that way, whilst he, with the main force, should
enter the town on the West. Col. Neil, accordingly,
reached the Alamo about day-light, and opened a brisk
fire upon it, and Milam at the same time entered San
Antonio from the opposite direction. Neil, according to
previous orders, when, from the firing in the town, he
saw that Milam had possession, retraced his steps, and
also entered from the West, without loss, though
exposed to a raking fire of the enemy. Confident of security,
the Mexicans were taken entirely by surprizesome
even in their beds.
But the city was yet to be taken; it had only been
entered, and the work was of immense magnitude. The
buildings were of stone, strong, and many of them for.
tified, especially those about the public square, where
Gen. Cos had entrenched himself with the greatest
possible care, by making a strong breast-work in
each opening; by cutting a fosse or trench about
eight feet deep; by sinking two rows of piles about
six feet apart, filling the interstices with earth ta.
ken from the trench; and by tying the tops of the piles
with raw hide ropes. At each of the places so fortified,
there was a piece of artillery stationed, and com.
pletely masqued, having a roof over it, and a small open.
ing for the muzzle of the gun left in the breast-work.
In addition to this, upon an ancient church in the cen.
tre of the public square, was planted artillery, at an el.
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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/m1/81/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .