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: 28 of 72
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discipline, instruction or ofiers who /wouw how to lead them, aln erLnt
until now inexplicable, the enemy, who is it? the colonists or the volunteers
from New Orleans and other places? If the former, they
were not obliged to abandon their homes, because the proclamation
of the president, published in Bexar after the taking of the
Alamo, offered them guarantees of all kinds, so that if they
abandoned their property and homes and concealed their famiies,
they did so voluntarily and by a combined plan; and if the
fatter, they had in Texas neither one nor the other: if their number
were insignificant, unfortunately, experience proved the contrary
in San Jacinto, without counting more than a thousand
men distributed at the same time at Anahuac, Galveston, Velasco,
Calebra Idahd, and on board their Steamboats. As regards
their discipline and instruction, I must say, that comparisons are
at all times odious; I will therefore content myself, with simply
adverting, that it is too well known that the kind of people which
compose the rebel forces of the Texians, procure their subsistence
the greater part of them, by their rifles, that is to say, by
hunting, and that common danger obliged them to observe discipline
and sulbordination. And what had been the instruction
given to our men pressed on the eve of the .expedition? Had
out recruits, of which the army mainly consisted, ever fired a gun
in their life? consequently they had less instruction than the enemy
in the use of fire-arms, although the valor and endurance of
a Mexican soldier compensate for every thing: and as regards
the capacity of their officers, there is no doubt but that of ours
is the greatest; but nevertheless they were well led on: were it
not impolite, I would most clearly demonstrate it with the events
at the mission of Refugio, Goliad and plain of the Perdido; and
I can do no less than advise Mr. Urrea in another campaign, to
study better his own operations and those of the enemy, in order
to have a quicker perception of events and results, and then they
will not appear so inexplicable as that of San Jacinto, of which
he is nDow complaining.
Thirdly. That the army of operationsshowed an example of
pusillanimity, having concentrated more than four thousand men,
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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/m1/28/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .