E. Crew to McArdle, Account of James McGahey,
September 18, 1885
Page 3 of 3
and invites you or any one interested
in getting up the painting to visit him
as he expressed it ["] he will try to give you
something to eat ["] but the greatest feast
would be to listen to the old man
fight his Battle over again.
Mr. McGahey was valuable to
Houston's army as a guide[,] being
familiar with the surroundings of
the Battle ground & country[,] having
lived there previous to the battle
& [having] resided near there for 10 years
afterwards. I think with what he
knows on the subject that an early
visit to the old gentleman would be
of valuable service to the Painter on
this subject. The old gentlemen
has been quite poorly for some time past
but is now better but he cannot
be with us very much longer.
I am Yours Truly
P.S. There is one Mexican Pistol in this place
& one Sword used on American side in
that engagement. I can get the old gentlemans
Photo & send you with any other points
that you desire.
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E. Crew to McArdle, September 18, 1885, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.