The Battle of San Jacinto

E. Crew to McArdle, Account of James McGahey,


September 18, 1885

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Crew to McArdle, September 1885

Hempstead Sept 18/85

Mr. McArdle

Dear Sir

Your Circular


Letter recd by Mr. McGahey of this place


and he is aged & infirm. [H]e requested me


to answer it for him[,] he giving[,] as near


as his memory Serves him[,]  the answers


to the Several questions asked in the


Circular.

1st The Mexican Breast works was a little


west of south from the point we made the


attack. The Ground was but slightly rolling


with [the] Mexican Breast works on the heighest [sic]


ground Facing north. The Breast works


were made by the scraping of earth & grass


for a space of 12 feet in front of them which


made the Breast works over three feet high on


top of this earth & grass comfort they had all


kinds of plunder such as Pack saddles & rops [ropes]


used in transportation on the backs of horses.


There was no Timber in sight on the west side


of [the] Breast works & that on the east over a


mile off, but immediately in front & 200


yards Back of the Mexican Breast works was


timber on the bay Shore of San Jacinto River.

            Dress of Mexican officers was of Blue Trimmed


in Red stripes in military order. [T]he Dress of


Privates on Mexican Side was poor[.] [W]here


they had coats they were blue but over half were


without coats. All wore a high Cap bound around


with red. Officers all had good swords &


Pistols. Privates Carried a scopet [escopeta] a kind


of Gun. Some Carried spears, mostly Cavalry


Carried spears. Horses [were] of various colors


but were mostly good Kentucky horses that


had been stolen from our side at

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