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THE MALAKOFF GG • the 21st of April, the Texians, Houston, and 600 strong, had so as to get above and some two miles and in sight tl~ Mexicans. under Santa Ana, Were 1,270 strong, and near to the fork of the two rivers, ~razos and Sabine. Houston. the enemy thus snugly in, had his little army drawn the purpose of addressing it "Soldiers," said he, "there you want to fight ?" was the universal shout. then," said he, "let us eat our then I will lead you into They obeyed the order to , and immediately thereafter, at 4 o'clock P. M. were marched attack. They bore down upon B ,Mexicans at the top of their reserving their fire until near to have every shot tell. A e~'agement was kept up about minutes, when the Mexicans to break and retreat in great confusion. The Texians all before them. Although but half the number of the and but two pieces of can- of four pounds each, while the a six and a nine pounder, fifteen minutes afte~ the ca- commenced, man~ of the called loudly for quarter. the rout of the Mexican, men continued to follow pour in upon them for about Upwards of six hundred Mexicans were idlled, and Six btmdred taken prisoners. were six or seven Texlans and about twenty wounded. Cos and A/monte were the first prisonera taken. The was pa1~ and greatly agitated, latter displayed, as he had e during the fight, great coolness cOUrage. Aria fled among the earliest retreated. He was seen by two one about 15 and the other 17 years of age, to go into a of woods. They kept watch place during the ~ight, and next morning a man came out llke a common Mexican sol. Not suspecting him to be Santa they took him prisoner. He no resistance, but wished to SAM HOUSTON taken to General Houston. He to that officer, when made himseH known as Santa asked the respect due officers and made the offers for his which had been published. ELMO SCOTT WATSON IRECT from the Field of Glory ! Such was the headline under which the Mobile (Ale.) Mercantile Adver- tiser carried the news story quoted in part above. (This excerpt is taken from the book, "America News of Yester- by Laurence Greene l~blished recently by the Bobbs- company). "field of glory" to which IS was that of San Jaclnto. the anniversary of which : observed this month as a of the Texas centennial cole- During that time the name ~gain will be "flung SATT1,E ~WI flJm~tg.,,m the star~." Orators again praioes upon him as the ~,uf San ~acinto" and the of TexaL" They will tell how he vanquished Santa Mexlcan dictator, as It adds to the stature of hero by calling him the con- that self-styled "Napoleon which he wasn't). [ght they call Hous- West" that, of THE BATTLE OF SAN aln~ost as-much DESPITE his com- patriots as he was BECAUSE of them, If you doubt that statement, read the biography of Houston. "The Raven" (also published by the Bobbs-Merrlll company) which won for its author, Marquis James, a Pulltzer prize in 1930. In It you will learn that Houston, commander-in-chief of an army of liberation in 1836, had to contend with the same difficulties which con- stantly harassed George Washing- ton, commander-in-chief of the forces fighting for American liberty in 1776. Jealousy, bickering, lack of co-operation, indecision, inadequate supplies, divided authority, an un- trained and undisciplined army--he struggled against all of these handi- caps Just as Washington had, That he was able to overcome them all and against a superior force to win the overwhelming victory that he did adds to the brilliance of hi% achieve- ment and makes San Jacinto a "field of glory" indeed. Houston first went to Texas in 1832, In that year Gem Antonio Lopoz de Santa Anna overthrew the government of President Busta- mentp and on April 1, 1833. the American settlers in Texas held a convention at San Felipe to propose to the new president of Mexico that Texas be made a separate state. But when Stephen F. Austin. the "Fa- ther of Texas," went to Mexico City to lay the convention's request before the new president, he imme- diately threw Austin In Jail and made clear his hostility toward the idea of Texan autonomy. The imprisonment of Austin and the attitude of the Mexican dictator toward his American subjects in Texas soon fanned their resentment Into a determination to revolt. Talk of independence was in the air hut Houston, who had played a leading part in the San Felipe convention. Joined Austin in his counsel to "keep quiet, discountenance all revolution- ary, measures or men" because, as he declared, "they would be likely to plunge Texas into a bloody strug- gle with Mexico before abe was pre- pared for it." But the pressure was too strong upon him and late in 1835 when the Committee of Vigilance and Safety commissioned bim "commander-in- chief of the forces of the depart- ment of NacogdochesY he issued a call for recruits in T~xas to "Join our ranks with a good rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition." He next went to Washington-on- the-Brazos where a convention was held on November 3, 1835. It elect- ed Houston commander-in-chief of the Texas armies. Having no con- fidence in raw volunteers, hastily assembled as an army, he Imme- diately began making plans for a well-drilled body of troops before attempting a test of strength with the forces which Santa Anna would soon be leading into Texas. San Antonio de Bexar was held by General Cos with a force of 1.400 Mexicans. At Conception were less than 500 Texans commanded nora- E GE 8AN ,/ inally by Edward Burleson but ac- tually under the Joint eommand of James Bowie and James W. Fannln, Despite Houstt-n's recommendation to Fannin that he walt until artil- lery were available, Fannin declared that with 250 men he could take the place by storm. His "army" shared that belief, too. So when a veteran plalnsman raised the cry of "Who'll go into Bexar with old Ben Mllam?" 300 men volunteered and atormed O JAGINTO (From the painting in the State tory and said that the war was over. Burleson, who had said tbat Bexar could not be taken without artillery, resigned and we.at home . . . John- son was elected commander . . . The recruits flocked to the leaders who had covered themselves with glory at San Antonio de Boxer. That victory had been a blow to IIouston's prestige and a movement to displace him as commander-in- chief took form." Fortunately that movement did not succeed, although Houston soon found himself in the position of be- ing commander of an army that did pretty much as it pleased. Urged thereto by James Grant, a Scottish surgeon whose mines south of the SANTA ANNA Rio Grande had been seized by the Mexicans, plans were made for two detachments to march south to at- tack Matamoras, a Mexican town on the south bank of the Rio Grands. The theory was that by doing so they could turn the flank of Santa Anna's army when it invaded Texas but the proponents of the sCheme failed to realize that their force was totally inadequate, both In numbers and training, for such a Job. Houston protested strenuously against such a foolish move, even though the provisional council of Texas approved it. Two terrible disasters later were the direct re. suit of their ignoring his advice. Santa Anna was not expected to invade Texas uRtil spring but in January Houston learned that the Mexican dictator had already crossed the Rio Grande and was ad- vancing rapidly toward San Antonio de Bexar. He sent James Bowie, who was at Gollad with a small force, to Boxer wtth instructions to "demolish the fortifications, remove all the cannon, blow up the Alamo and abandon the place." Bowie started to do this but soon afterwards Houston, through the in- trigues of Johnson and Grant. was deposed as commander-in-chief and James W. Fannin made head of the army. Realizing the futility of struggling against this military cabal. Houston set out for Washing- ton-on-the-BrAzos and when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836, "Sam Houston wns the John Hancock of the occasion, hhi flowing autograph as bold as ever." On March 4 the convention again elected HoustoJ commander-in-chief of its armies. In the meantime events were marching to a tragic eoucluslou at San Antonio. Bowie, Instead eg obeying Houston's orders to blow up the Alamo and abandon the place, bad chosen to remain there with Lieut. Col. William B. Travls who commanded a detachment of 150 men. On Pebruary 24 Santa Anna's army appeared and laid siege to the place. The rest is hls- tory~how Travis, Bowie. Bonham, Davy Crockett and the rest fought agalnat overwhelming odds until March 6 when the end came, for "Thermopylae had its messenger of defeat--the Alamo had none," By that time Houston had started for Gonzales and had sent word to Fannin. who had built "Fort Defi- ance" at Goliad, to Join him. Arriv- ing In Gonzales on Mareb 11, Hous- ton found himself In command of an army of only 374 men with only two cannon that would shoot. He Immediately started drilling the men but was interrupted by the ar- rival of two Mexicans with the story of the Alamo. Keeping the news from his men, the commander busied himself with recruiting until his army had grown to 500 men. Again he sent orders to Fannin to blow up his useless fort and retreat. Then the news of the Alamo dis- aster leaked out and panic spread through the town and the army. Moreover, word came from Santa 55 Capitol at Austin.) realized that theirs was a flgbt to the death. With only the small force at his disposal, Houston knew that any at. tempt to stand his ground and await Santa Anna's onslaught would be fatal. There was only one thing to do and he resolved to do it. He would retire to East Texas, gather- ing men as he went. and try to lure the enemy into dividing his forces In pursuit. Then he might have a chance to beat them in detail be- fore they could concentrate against him. It was the old Napoleonic strategy which he was proposing to use against this "Napoleon of the West." 8o that retreat, which has be- come one of the epics of American hlstorx, began. To read tha story of it is to recall some of the cam. paigna of Washington in the Rev. olutlon. Tho resemblance Is strik. ing and gives further point to call- ing Sam Houston the *'Washing- ton of the West." During that retreat Houston dic- tated to his aide, MaJ. George W. Hockley, an order to MaJ. William T. Austin to hasten to the coast. find some artillery and rejoin the army on the Colorado In twelve days' time. "Houston meant to fight"--and the fight would be on ground of his own choosing. But the retreat did not end at the Co~o. redo. For the panic which had started among the people of Texas as Santa Anna advanced spread to the newly elected government of- fictals. They hastily abandoned Washington and established the seat of government at Harrisburg. De- spite the discouraging moral effect of this action Houston managed to hold hls army together and even gain recruits until his army num- bered some 1,400 men, poorly equipped, without artillery, bu~ eager for battle. 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