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: 42 of 72
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last ;month, his ExcellenDy the presient passed over to the left
banri ofthe river Brazos, by the place called Old Fort, on the
15th of the same month, and afterwards marched on to Harrisburg
with the battalion of Matamoros, the preferrent companies
of Guerrero, fst regular militia of Mexico and Toluca, a six-pexnder,
and seventy chosen dragoons, having advised me to
despatch geaeral Cos with 500 men and two pieces of artillery
against the ort at Velasco On the 17th I received an order
from his EAcellency, that the force which was to go with Mr.
Cos should only consist of 200 men: and on the 18th another
order,iu which he advises /)e that Mr. Cos should be sent to join
him with 500 infantry and ffty boxes musket cartridges; which
was done on that day, with the remainder of Guerrero, Toluca,.
the battalibm of Aldanra and two companies of the regiment
Guadaaaxara His Excellency promised himself to give the finishing
touch to his. wrik because the complete occupation of
TexasapearIed tobe already carried to pure and due effect.
TWle atr-ladi taken the fort of the Alamo, beaten and destryed
the greater part of th forces which the enemy called of the
fine, taken a considerable number of artillery, guns and munitions,
passed three large rivers, and was animated in the midst
of hunger and anakedness with a burning zeal in favor of sustaining
the integrity of their countryrs soil; a little more calm,
Iwild udmsbtedly have, cr ,ed their heroical efforts and sufe
aftero of the 23d, I was concluding the operatio
of sending across the river the section With which general Gaona
was te march to Nacogdoches, whe a soldier of the frontier dfa
goons presented to me a small piece of paper, written with pencil
by colonel Mariano GLrcia, first aid of Guerrero, in which he
informed me of the unfortunate occurrence of the afternoon of
the 2Lst; a-short time after some fugitives arrived, and amongst
them D. liguel Aguirre, aptain
of the regiment.of Tampico
waded in the action in the thigh by a rifle ball, who said that
the defeat had been complete, and that the existence of the
president.was atleastdoubtful; such news made'me immediatelysuspend
the cohtinuation of the passage of the river by the force
that was to have gone with Mr. Gaona, and to command a picket
of cavalry in the direction of the battle ground,, as muh to
acquire information of the true fate of the president, as to protect
the fugitivel who might have escaped; but the enemy had
buint a bridge which was the only road for retreating, and in
conequence they obtained nothing, or very little in either view4
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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/m1/42/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .