Evacuation of Texas : translation of the Representation addressed to the supreme government / by Vicente Filisola, in defence of his honor, and explanation of his operations as commander-in-chief of the army against Texas. Page: 11 of 72
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in the army, because that which does not exist cannot be destroyed.
I will now howevermention what was done, and not that
which could or ought to have been done.
After the taking ofithc enclosure of the Alamo, which happened
on the 6th March, and the insignificant advantage of the
death of Dr. Grant, with twenty adventurers and three Mexicans
who accompanied him, which took place on the 2nd day
of the same month, and of which we were advised in Bexar on
the 7th, the president geaeral-in-chief then supposed that the
enemy would not again present themselves, and that in consequence
the war was concluded.
From this false impression, and from the contempt which
'from that time he conceived for the enemy, have emanated the
misfortunes which we have since suffered, and which we shall
still experience should we proceed with the same indiscretion as
until now, in an affair which requires at the same time firmness,
much circumspection and consideration.
With that idea, the president supposed that nothing remained
to be done but to go on giving directions to the different
generals and corps in the manner he intended to take possession
of Texas: in consequence, on the 11th he made generals Sesma
and Woll march in order to occupy San Felipe de Austin, and
afterwards to continue on to Harrisburg and Anahuac with the
battalions of Aldama, Matamoras and Toluca; fifty dragoons
from the regiment Dolores, two six-pounders and rations for
eight days; this section forming an entire force of 725 men.
Recollect, that always when rations ard mentioned, that the
ration of biscuit or corn-bread, his Excellency wishedg that after
leaving Monclova should only consist of half a pound, that is to
say, of one half of the weight which the by-law on the subject
prescribes, that only one rial (12i cents,) should be allowed for
the maintenance of each soldier per diem, and that the officers
should provide themselves with provisions, as they could without
any thing more than their pay, leaving them entitled to recover
the rations of campaign when it could be givei to them.
This same day he ordered Colonel John Morales to set out
for Goliad with the battalions San Luis and Ximenez, one
twelve-pounder, one eight-pounder, one mortar and rations for a
month: and on account of advice received from Mr. Sesma, that
the enemy appeared disposed to defend the pass of the river
Colorado with 1,200 men, and having been informed by general
Urrea from San Patricio, that he was going from that point to Goliad,
where, it was said the enemy were fortified, and had learned
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Filísola, Vicente. Evacuation of Texas : translation of the Representation addressed to the supreme government / by Vicente Filisola, in defence of his honor, and explanation of his operations as commander-in-chief of the army against Texas., book, 1837; Columbia, [Tex.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6110/m1/11/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .