The Battle of San Jacinto

John P. Ferrell to McArdle, September 1885

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Ferrell to McArdle, September 1885

Note: This transcription retains all the author's spelling without the customary insertion of "[sic]" to note misspellings.

Buckhorn Austin County Sept. th 1885

H A McArdle Dear Sir I will in my feble


way do the best I can[.] [T]he Brest work was made


of brush[,] sand bags and aparahos or pack sadles[.]


The ground in frount was a litle roling[.]

Gen Houston wore a black suit of brod [broad]


Clorth badly worn and the other oficers


was badly drest[.] [D]eaf Smith was drst in


Mexican Stile and looked like one and wore


a Mexican Sumbrro [sombrero] and aroad [rode] a Spanish pony[.]


I state hear that the Twin Sisters was


6 Pound Iron[.] [T]]he wheels was just lik the rest


of them made at this date[.] [T]har was but five


of the other oficers mounted[.]

[T]he uniforme of the Mexicans oficers was


very geordy [gaudy] of read and yellow[.] I do not no


of any of the old Mexican arms but I


will see if I can find one for you[.]

As for flags I do not think we hod any[.]


[T]he Mexican flag I do not recolict now[;]


older ones will no[.] I will send my liknes


taken in 1875[.] My hite is 5 feet 8 inches


Complection fair[,] hair lite[,] eyes lite Blue[.]


Dress on that occasion pantalons[,] both lages [legs] of[f]


to the nees [knees]-Shirt Slives both gon an

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John P. Ferrell to McArdle, September 1885, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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