The Battle of San Jacinto

James A. Sylvester's Official Report on the Capture of Santa Anna, Certified Copy from the Galveston Historical Society

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Sylvester's report on the capture of Santa Anna

The Capture of Genl. Santa Anna

On the morning of the 22nd of April 1836,

news came into camp that a portion

of our Cavalry had surrounded Genl

Santa Anna, and a number of his

officers, in a mat [?] of timber some miles

from our camp, and called for re-

inforcements in order to capture them.

            Col. Edward Burleson, commanding

the 1st Regiment of Texas troops, called

for volunteers, when a number of

soldiers from the different commands

immediately volunteered, & mounting

such horses, as was under their con-

trol, set out in search of the Mexi-

can Chief. After marching from

the Camp near Lynch's Farm, to

Vince's Bayou, where the bridge, but re-

cently burned by Deaf Smith, impeded

our further progress, & not knowing

where our services were required;

Col. Burleson called a parley.

Some of the party were anxious to pro-

ceed by fording or swimming the Bayou

while others thought it useless to pro-

ceed farther after an ignis fatuus [will o' the wisp]; when

Col. Burleson ordered myself to take

charge of such men as were disposed

to return to camp, & the others pro-

ceded toward the Brazos in search

of any Mexican straglers [sic] that might

be found.

            The squad under my command, pro-

ceded back to camp. We left the main

road, & took down the Bayou. We had

not proceeded very far, before some one

of them proposed to skirt the timber

in search of game. I took the straight

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James A. Sylvester's Official Report on the Capture of Santa Anna, Certified Copy from the Galveston Historical Society, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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