The Battle of San Jacinto

F.G. Roberts to McArdle, May 27, 1889

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Roberts to McArdle, 1889

Graball Washington Co Tex May 27th 1889.

Profr McArdle

Independence Tex

            Dear Sir. I notice in the Brenham


Banner a paragraph stating that you were


geting [sic] up a painting to represent the Battle


of San Jacinto—and the surrender of Gen


Santa Anna to Gen Houston.

About the former I know nothing - but


I was well acquainted with general Houston


who often made my fathers house his home


whenever he was about San Augustine in


eastern Texas. He stayed there for some time


immediately after the battle of San Jacinto


while he was nursing a wounded ankle - and


and [sic] on one occasion he showed me how


Santa Anna first approached him and told me


what he Said.

When Santa Anna was brought into camp


it was not known who he was - and his first


object was to See the general in command - and when


taken to Gen Houston he approached him with his


right hand extended and graped [grasped] the hand of


Gen Houston - at the same time grasping the thumb


of Gen Houstons right hand with his, Santa Annas


left hand - Saying "I am General Antonio Lopez

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F.G. Roberts to McArdle, May 27, 1889, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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