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: 4 of 72
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sacre of Fannin, and his gallant associates, most of the
real colonists still " remained untouched." When the
army was on the Colorado, it consisted of at least 1,200
men, mostly colonists or native Texians: but when the
commander-in-chief, general Houston, thought it advisable
to retire towards the Trinity, they were obliged
to place their wives and children in safety, and the
assassination of the brave volunteers, did not in the
least intimidate the Texians, who returned with all possible
despatch to the ranks, to revenge their unfortunate
friends, whose manes may be in some manner
appeased, by the sacrifice of more than an equal number
of their enemies, and by the sufferings of those
who survived; so vividly depicted in the account given
by Filisola to his government.
General Fllisola viewed Texas with the eyes of a
soldier, and a farmer must not be guided by his account
of the country. He calls the largest portion of it mud.
This mud, so fatal to him, and to his troops, is a rich
mould of decomposed vegetable matter, which will compare,
in fertility, with the best soil of the United States,
and has an advantage which heretofore has not been
generally known-that is, it serves as a clog to the impetuosity
of the valiant Mexicans, whenever they may again
attempt to invade a country, which they never irk fact
possessed, and which has been rendered valuable by the
courage of those Texians who have been accused of
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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/m1/4/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .