The Battle of San Jacinto

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

Page 1 of 4

Handbook of Texas article on James A. Sylvester

Back     Explore this item    Forward

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

Back     Explore this item    Forward

Jump to:

Introduction | The Notebooks | The Paintings | The Artist


How to Use This Site | About the Digitization

Index of Subjects


Home

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.

Page last modified: March 30, 2011