Thomas Rabb, et al, March 6, 1842

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Thomas Rabb, et al, March 1842

Flores Ranche [sic] 1/4 past 12 am


6 March 1842

To the citizens of Fayette Co, and all others


whom it may concern. San Antonio is in the Hands of the


Enemy. [T]hey camped at the “Leone” on Friday night and came


to San Antonio about 10 o’clock on Saturday[.] [T]he number of


Mexicans estimated at some 2 to 3000. This is said to be


the advance guard of the Mexican Army. [T]he two other


divisions are said to be commanded by Carasco de Bravo[.]


The reason why no news arrived sooner was that two


spies were taken by the Mexicans[.] [T]here were about


135 men in San Antonio when the Mexicans arrived[.]

A Mexican officer came into town and informed the


Americans that if they continued to occupy the town an attack


would be made at 2 o’clock. A consultation of the officers


determined to destroy the ammunition and retreat. [T]hey


did so and brought with them the only piece of Cannon


fit for use. Enough is now known to satisfy the most


credulous that is necessary for every [text missing]


that is necessary for every man to [text missing]


here about 7 o’clock on Friday night [text illegible]


left San Antonio began to pass this place[.] [W]e are all in


good spirits and hope that the Colerado [sic] will remain true


to herself, and her Country as she ever has been[.]

Send the news in every direction but tell them


not to be alarmed for we are confident of success[.]


[T]he larger the number of Mexicans the more


distastrous [sic] will be their defeat[.] Let all who


can—come. Take the road to Gonzalas the


old La Bahia and by way of Mrs McClures [sic] and


we will give all information of importance


with regard to the movements of the Mexicans


which we can obtain[.] [I]f a battle is to be fought


we wish to fight this side of the Colorado[.]

dated 10 Oclock Sunday


morning

Signed


Thos T Rabb[,] JW Dancy & others

P.S. Seguin and his father suspected


signed JW Dancy

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Thomas Rabb, et al, March 6, 1842. Andrew Jackson Houston Papers #2227, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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