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: 43 of 72
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for all had been killed or made prisoners. Alarm and discouragement
was general amongst all classes, for it was believed
that all the prisoners, the president included,-would have been
shot as a reprisal for the conduct observed in Bexar and Goliad
with theirs. The situation which the army was in at Old Fort
was extremely exposed; the camp was situated'On an angle jutting
out towards the left bank of the river; the landing ot that
side is surrounded by a thick wood of live oaks, frbm whrtem the
enemy could fire without being seen, and the bank of the river
is higher on the left side than the right, from-where it was necesp
sary to sustain those who would be attacked from theother side:
on the other hand, the river can be passed iu various places at which was effected
on the 25th at the dwelling of Mrtl-owel, five leagues from
The march of-the army ,lhd kten-lsfra the right baak of
the river Brazos, similar to a torrent; it -la i^:'necessary to
advance in order to conquer; the soldiers, with inimitable hero
ism had borne every kind of privations and fatigue, their clothing
destroyed in the passing of the rivers, mending the roads, and
during the long and pAinful-marches which had been performed
without any rest, and without even being able to wash them,
selves for one day; the greater pait of the troops were barefooted,
wanting clothing, shelter and eveirythingb ecetr leaie
a,campaign at such an immense distanc 4Or mlany 4ays they
had not eaten biscuit, and after aetRing Moncdwathey had only
received half a pound of that or baktd coin bread* a cargf of corn,Abetfboutir bushels,)
came to-be sold at the exorbitant price of ninety dollars; a loaf
off bead has cost three; a tortilla tworials; for a small lmnp of
sagar, two dollars and a half has been paid; and for a pint of
brandy, eight dollars. I had behifnd me tw large rivers, un
guarded by any detatchment, a number of sick withott pfttsicians,
without medicines, and without the hope of any provsion
in the wide desert in which I was placed, whoe scanty tftat
subsistence had been reduced to ashes by'the o6Wirs
and I was ignorant of the plan Of camepaign whick
the p ltaent had thought of; because his Excellency hid vti
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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/m1/43/: accessed April 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .