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: 97 of 227
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REVOLUTION IN TEXAS.
world will understand, what we are fighting for. If In.
dependence is not declared, I shall lay down my arms,
and so will the men under my command. But under
the flag of Independence, we are ready to peril our lives
a hundred times a day, and to dare the monster who is
fighting us under a blood-red flag, threatening to murder
all prisoners and to make Texas a waste desert.
I shall have to fight the enemy on his own terms; yet I
am ready to do it, and if my countrymen do not rally to
my relief, I am determined to perish in the defence of
this place, and my bones shall reproach my country for
her neglect. With five hundred men more, I will drive
Sezma beyond the Rio Grande, and I will visit vengeance
on the enemies of Texas, whether invaders or
resident Mexican enemies. All the citizens that have
not joined us, are with the enemy fighting against us.
Let the Government declare them public enemies, otherwise
she is acting a suicidal part. I shall treat them
as such, unless I have superior orders to the contrary.
My respects to all friends, and confusion to all eneemies.
God bless you."
This was the last ever heard from the lamented
Travis, or any of his compatriots in arms. They sold
their lives as dearly as possible, and fell to a man.
Thus fall the brave, when the spirit of Liberty nerves
them to the conflict!
As every thing relating to this memorable siege
must be interesting, I will insert a brief abstract from
the journal of Almonte, an aid of Santa Anna, com.
mencing with the 27th of February, three days subse.
quent to the date of Travis' first letter:"Saturday,
27th.-Lieut. Menchard was sent with 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/m1/97/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .