The Battle of San Jacinto

William S. Taylor's Account of the Battle and Santa Anna's Attempt to Escape

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Taylor's account of the battle

Note: This transcription retains all the author's spelling without the customary insertion of "[sic]" to note misspellings. Since the writer used no punctuation, the transcriber has added common punctuation to enhance readability.

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General St Anna, attempting to make his escape


from the Battlefield of San Jacinto April 21st 1836.


When the Mexican Army gave way at there brestworks at


San Jacinto, general St Anna, a portion of his staff & Cavalry


following his retreat, attempted to make his way to his main


force on the [B]razos at [R]ichmond som twenty five miles distant


by the way of Vinces bridge. Capt Karnes cald [called] to all of his


Cavaldrey, that had loded guns to folow in persuit. Som fifteen


in Number folowd in [the] chase, namly Capt Karnes, Deaf Smith,


Washington Secres [Secrest], Field Secres, Dr. Aulsbery, Dock Autery


_____ [?], Two Robbinets, Lieutenant James Cook, Lieut Thomas


Robbins, Jack Robbins [?] Thomas ______ [?], Elishe Clapp,


James Hunter, [and] W S Taylor. If there was any one also


I do not now remember though there might of been[.]

From San Jacinto to the neck of vinces bridge was som Ten miles.


The Mexicans were som three quarters of a mile a head when


the persuit was in full chase. It was through a marshey


Tirirn [terrain] som times for a half mile at a stretch in mud and water


Vince deep to a horse. At the distance of a bout five miles there


horsesis comenst [commenced] tiring. This was on the account of these severe


Spanish bitt preventing them from ___ [?] there horsesis in


that marshey places, Draking [dragging] them down as these horseis would

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William S. Taylor's Account of the Battle and Santa Anna's Attempt to Escape, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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