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: 31 of 72
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much surprises him? Besides, it is forgotten by Mr. Urrea, that
before there was time for any of the military operations that he
now indicates, on the 28th April in the afternoon, on the bank of
the stream San, Bernard, information was received of the existence
of the worthy commander-in-chief, and of the armistice
made with Houston, in celebration of which his worship and
other chiefs and officers req,uested me to have a flourish of drums
and trumpets, to which I in not acceding thereto, replyed tothem,
that even although his Excellency was alive, what had happened
did not on his account cease to be a national misfortune, for
which reason I could not allow rejoicing. He has also forgotten,
that he earnestly besought me to permit him to go to see his
Excellency, and to inform himself of the situation in which he
was placed; and that I answered, I thought it dangerous for him,
and that general Woll had better go; because he, in addition,
understood English: was this ignorance of the fate of the Commander-in-chief?
was this a desire to go to the attack? Why
such a difference afterwards? Because we are out of the affliction
of the moment, and because some sentiments give way to
others. .This is the world.
He abandoned his positions and commenced a .retreat, zhith,
really speaking with the frankness of a soldier, he cannot call any
thing but a shameful flight. To this, in fact, may be compared
the marches made with his division by this soldier, from the Colorado
to Victoria, thence to Goliad, and from Goliad to Matamoros;
but not so the retreat of the army, which, besides having
effected it with all possible convenience, remained ten days on
the Colorado, twelve in Goliad and twelve on the river. Nueces,
as was also the retreat effected by the force stationed in Bexar
under general Andrade, made with the order, circumspection
and firmness which have always distinguished this general.
From which has resulted the want of discipline. This is an
imputation made with much inconsiderateness and impolicy, and
although I could answer it to my own advantage, I do not wish
to do so in order not to be guilty of the same faults. I have it
in my power to explain with facts to Mr. Urrea, by what means
an armed force is rendered wanting in discipline; but it will be
too severe, and perhaps useless, I will content myself then, onlf
with saying, that the whole army was composed of Mexicans
who were determined, that throughout the whole campaign they
never knew fear, and that their retreat was alone caused by
want of resources of all kinds, the sudden overflow of the rivers,
bad weather, and circumstances of the moment; suffering previ
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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/m1/31/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .