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

direction, primarily to await their

arrival at a certain point.

After leaving the party, pursuing my

course alone, I suddenly espied an ob-

ject coming toward me, near a ravine.

I immediately turned and made an effort

to attract their attention. When I again

looked for the object, it had vanished.

            Riding in the direction in

which I had seen it, I came up to the

figure of something covered with a

Mexican blanket, which I found to be

Santa Anna. I ordered him to get

up, which he did, very voluntarily, & im-

mediately took hold of my hand, & kissed

it several times, & asked for Genl Hous-

ton, & seemed very solicitous to find out

whether he had been killed in the battle

of the day previous. I replied, assuring

him that Genl Houston was only woun-

ded. I was then in his camp. I then

asked him who he was, when he re-

plied he was nothing but a common

soldier. I remarked the fineness

of his shirt bosom which he tried to

conceal. I told him he was no common

soldier; if so, he must be a thief. He seem-

ed much disconcerted, but finally stated

that he was an aid[e] to Genl Don Antonio

Lopez de Santa Anna. To affirm his

assertion, he drew from his pocket an

official note from Gen. Urrea, to Genl

Santa Anna, dated on the Brazos, in-

forming Santa Anna that he would

be able to form a junction at or near

Galveston & should immediately take

up lines of march to Velasco.

            I was satisfied, at the time, that in

his official capacity of aid[e], such a paper

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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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