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: 17 of 72
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same words in an official journal, the same periodical, takig my
part, refttes a paper of the opposition, precisely on an arile of
accusation, in which the ministry and their opponents wouldthen
agree. If my letter of 10th Junehadnot been credited by the
ministry, they would not have rested on it the defence of an army
which, crossing a desert exposed to the rains, knee deep in the
mud, famishing and without clothes, haa always preserved the
consciousness of their valor, and only have retired from fhe inclemency
of the season in a country at all times unpopulated and.
producing'but little, at this time annihilated, and which by the
rigor of tietmate and nature of its soil, buried the men in an.
element which is not that of their existence.
Fourth, But that which cannot be knozn without indignation
is4 that general Rlisota should give the name of governm t e.
Inasmuch as yodr Excellency will have already seen the treaties
to which this charge has reference, and concluded by his 'Excellency
the president general, your Excellency will be satisfied
that nething is granted in them with respect to the arty that I
was commanding, that was not authorized by circumstances, or
by me -as commander-in-chief in operations conducted at so
great a distance frim the supreme government; and for which
this same supreme government had thought proper to empower
me, in the orders communicated by his Excellency, the secretary
of war, in the two despatches of 15th May last, Nos. 5 and 6
It would be inconceivable that a geneftl-in-ehief could not retreat
without a previous consultation and order from the government
for each particular case, and that his duty should only
consist in iarehing fot.*ard; and otlyana a war where no quartet
wasto be gives, by an especial and positive order from the
government, could I be prohibited the exchange of prisoners.
And to what else did I compromise myself in recognizing that
treaty, than to retreat and exchange prisoners? Ad 'was-not
this positively ordered by the secretary of war in the said despatch
15th. The remainder of the treaty refers to the
person of the president general, viz: that his Excellency would
not wage wat against the colonists, nor use his influence in having
it waged: they will allege that I recognized it by promising
to retui the property of the colonists, and to pay on my
march for the provisions needed by the army, and this may
appear an accusation to any one that can imagine that the treaty
in this part contained anything more than mere words;butto any
one that has an exact idea of the situation in which Texaswas, from
the destruction by the colonists themselves, and by our march
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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/m1/17/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .