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: 94 of 227
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HISTORY OF THE
tensest interest of the civilized world. But let us not
anticipate, but introduce the struggle as it came.
The plan adopted by the invader was to strike first
at Bexar and Goliad, and then march into the heart of
the Colonies; Generals Sezma, Filasola, and Cos, were
to lead one division on Bexar; Urrea and Garay a
second against Goliad: and Santa Anna, in person, at
the head of a third division, was to pass on to Bexar
or Goliad, as circumstances might require. The dis.
posable force of Texas, at this awful period, was limited
almost entirely to a small garrison of one hundred and
forty efficient men at Bexar, under the command of
Col. Travis, and about four hundred men garrisoned
at Goliad, under the command of Col. Fannin.
On the 21st of February a division of the Mexican
army appeared before San Antonio, attacked and took
possession of the town, drove the little Texan garrison
into the Alamo, and immediately began the siege of
that fort. Of the progress of the siege, which continued
about two weeks, the most important information is
giveit by the lamented Travis in his letter addressed to
the people of Texas of the 24th, and in one to the
Convention, dated March 3d. In the first he says:"
I am besieged by a thousand or more Mexicans under
Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombard.
ment and cannonade for twenty.four hours, and have
not lost a man. The enemy havo demanded a surren.
der at discretion, otherwise the garrison is to be put to
the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the
summons with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves
proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat.Victory
or death !" In his letter to the Con.
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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/m1/94/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .