Fort Bend was a blockhouse built in a large bend of the Brazos River in present-day Fort Bend County. In April 1836, Wyly Martin led a small detachment of 46 men to defend the lower Brazos. However, the Mexicans, who had vastly superior numbers, seized Fort Bend and the other ferry crossings to race across the Brazos on their way to San Jacinto.
Personally came and appeared before me A.
Brigham Auditor, Robt. D. Moore and says that he
was 2nd in command in a company commanded by
Capt. Wyley Martin Stationed near the Fort Bend on
the River Brazos, and that he was at the House of
James Jones six days previous to the day of the
arrival of the Mexican Army, and that McKinney &
Williams had at that time a large amount of goods
Stored at the Gin House of sd. Jones, and further
says that on the morning the Enemy arrived, (an order
had previous[ly] been given to him) he was in the act of
detailing men to cross the river to bring away the
goods and was fired upon by their picket guard
consequently was unable to put the order into
execution. [D]eponent believes that the Enemy took
sd. goods or destroyed them.