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: 24 of 72
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by one of the corps that garrisoned Matagorda, and was precisely
part of the section of Mr. Urrea; and I having commanded
that a summary investigation should be made on account of it,
he did not execute it, at least whilst I had the command, without
considering that this fault endangered the honor of the nation,
and left the right wing and rear of the army exposed.
Fourthly. In the council of war of generals which I assembled
on the 25th April, in the house of Mrs. Powel, I opehcd
the discussion by manifesting that my birth and want of confidence
in my own abilities, impelled me to request them that a
native general should take the command, which misfortune had
caused to fall on me for the moment, to whom I would blindly
subject myself, let him be who he would; all replied unanimously
in the negative, expressing
an entire confidence in my honesty
and patriotism, and each one gave it as his opinion (speaking
before myself) that it was absolutely necessary to re-pass the Colorado,
re-organize the army, establish a plan of operations, hospitals,
deposites for provisions, line of communications, workshops
for repairing the arms, but that his want of
knowledge made him place a blindconfideoce in the experience
and capacity of the second in command; and to what individual
of the army did not the retreat, as well as the event that originated
it, cause sorrow?
The fifth supposition, your Excellency, does not need refuting,
because it is refuted by itself and by subsequent facts.
The sixth untruth which reduces itself to, that I, even at
that date had thought of retreating, I can disprove by the testimony
of the whole army, by the measures taken at that time,
by my despatchof the 14th of that month,and by having afterwards
detained the few inhabitants that were still remaining in
the town of Goliad, rwhere I established my general quarters,
commenced refitting the fortifications, re-organizing and drilling
the army, establishing a general hospital and laying a plan for
my future opetations, erectinga work-shop for repairing the armament,
at the same time, in order to carry off his own pro
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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/m1/24/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .