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: 54 of 72
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ftim, and that of the nation, than my own existence; but I
entreat yja to weigh well my reasons, to consider that perhaps
there never was a general placed in so complicated and embarrassed-a
position as that in which I found myself; I do not mentioti-other
reasons, perhaps more convincing; and, in fine, I think
I have saved the whole army from a disaster, and the national
'decorum from a positive disgrace. On this occasion, your Excellencyt
I have the honor to reiterate my most sincere protestations
of my great consideration and respect.
God and Liberty.-Camp on the right bank of the river
NWteces, May 31st, 1836. Vicente Filisola. To his Excellency,
the secretary of war and marine.
1 NO. 4.
. ~ Army of Operations.-Excellent sir:-I have received with
due respect, the despatch of your Excellency, dated 19th last
month, and fully informed myself of all, that by order of his
Excellency, the presidentpro ter., is advised me in it, as also of
the energetic measures which are taken to reinforce the army of
operations against Texas, the command of which has fallen to
my insufficiency. I must say, that it is extremely grievous to
me, your Excellency, to see that I do not find myself in a situation
to fulfil any of such respectable commands, for the strong
motives which I at length exposed to your Excellency, in my
despatches of 14th and 31st last May; and it is much the more
grievous, inasmuch as perhaps the arrangements of his Excellency,
the president pro ten., may have been dictated in consequence
of inexact information concerning the importance of
localities, subsistence, and preservation of the troops; but I am
animated, nevertheless, excellent sir, by the hope that his Excellency,
the president pr tem., may have changed his opinion, after
having teen my communications referred to, if perchance they
have had the good fortune to be believed: but even were it not
so, it is absolutely out of my power to vary my direction from
the places to which I advised your Excellency I was advancing,
in my last communication referred to, as was also the ability to
preserve for a longer time, the line which I am now commanded
to sustain; the motites which compelled me to the retrograde
movement, instead of having disappeared, have gone on increasing,
on account of more days having transpired, and of the seaG
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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/m1/54/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .