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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