The Scotch-Irish in America; Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Congress Volume 2

The Scotch-Irish in America; Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Congress Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...chill of horror; and when she told them that 5,000men were advancing by forced marches, and their artillery would soon be heard at Gonzalez, the wildest consternation spread through the camp. Their alarm soon reached a pitch of desperation. Some were stunned with silence, others were wild with lamentations, and even officers had set fire to their tents. When Houston came up he ordered silence and the fires to be extinguished. He then addressed the soldiery in the most fervid manner, and they all gathered around him, except a few who had, at the first impulse, fled for their horses. He detached a guard instantly to intercept fugitives, and more than twenty were brought back to camp. But a few good runners made their escape to the settlements, aud carried panic in every direction. We come now to the battle of San Jacinto. Houston, with less than 700 raw troops, is about to meet Santa Anna with more than 1,500 veterans--to attack him over a rolling prairie, behind breastworks. He writes: "camp At Harrisburg, April 19, 1836. "To Colonel Busk, in the Field: "This morning we are in preparation to meet Santa Anna. It is the only chance of saving Texas. From time to time I have looked for reinforcements in vain. The convention's adjourning to Harrisburg struck panic throughout the country. Texas could have started at least four thousand men. We will only be about seven hundred to march, besides the camp guard. But we go to conquest. It is wisdom growing out of necessity to meet and fight the enemy now. Every consideration enforces it. The troops are in fine spirits, and now is the time for action. We will use our best efforts to fight the enemy to such advantange as will insure victory, though the odds are greatly against us. I leave the...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236637216
  • 9781236637215