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: 15 of 72
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men and one six-pounder, marched
to Harrisburg, where he arrived
afternoon of the 16th. On the 10th I araved at
Atascosito; on the 13th I concluded the maneuvre of pasigthe
river, on the 14th I marched to San Felipe, and on the 5th
was on the road from there to Old Foit. Mr. Urrea on the
15th was in Matagorda, so that the position of the army on that
day was thi :-The president general on the road to Harrisburg,
about 20 leagues distant from Mr. Sesia; myself 16 from the
latter; Mr. Gaona lost in the desert between Bastrop and Sah
Felipe, without ourwnowing abything about him; Mr. Urrea tl
iatagorda -30 leagues distant fiom Mro Sesma, more than 40
from me, aond$ from the president. The same Urrea -was
distant from Goliad 30 leages or more, and the detachments of
Victoria, Copano and Goliad at 45 from Bexar, where Mr. Ani
dradc had remained. Four days after the misfortune of the
president, Messrs. Tolsa, Woll, Gaona, Sesma, Urrea and 'nyself
were in company at the dwelling house of Mrs. Powell, with
all that part of the army which existed between the rivets Brazos
and Colorado, and afterwa~rds effected its retrogadc movement
in the best order. In which epoch, then, was the army in
the most confusion, before or after the misfortune of the president?
I believe 1 have explained the rmtives that exited for
this novement with sufficient clearness in my letter of 14th last
May, which your Excellency will have had the condescension to
That the enemy did not dare to show their face. They, after
the first reverses, had adopted the plan of burning every thing
and retreating as soon as we approached them, in order to prevent
our finding supplies, and to take advantage of any imprudence
that we should commit. In fact, this they did with whatever
remained behind them. Houston, on abandoning the left
bank of the Colorado, took a position 10 leagues above San Felipe
at a crossing of the river Brai6s called Groce's, where he
had a steamboat to facilitate the passage, with the object 6f observing
the forces which marched under the immediate command
of the president and those under general Gaona. On the 15th, he
had it in his power to attack Mr. Gaona, the president or self,
in Stn Felipe, dr on the road from that town to Old Fort.
He thought better to attack the president, because he was on
the other side of the Brazos, unconhectCd with the other force:s;
he therefore sent the steamboat down the river to attratt our attention,
and marched against his Excellency. Since the 21st of
April, they have always taken very good care to have between
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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/m1/15/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .