Mary J. Briscoe to McArdle, July 9, 1894
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is no disparagement to
Houston as a Gen. I merely write
this to give you some idea
where to place my husband. [H]e
said it was with great difficulty
and with his drawn sword, that he
halted his men, and about
the time he succeeded, Gen.
Rusk came along and says,
"Briscoe what in the ____ are you
doing here, and the Volunteers
gaining all the glory of the
day[.]" [H]e says "I am obeying orders."
"Whose orders," says Rusk. "Gen
Houstons." "Well, I am Secretary
of War, and I order you to
go ahead, and kill all the ____
you can." [W]ith a hurrah for
Rusk they rushed ahead but
it was more of a massacre than a
fight, the Mexicans falling on their
knees and "me no Alamo" "me no Goliad."
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