The Battle of San Jacinto

Mary J. Briscoe to McArdle, July 9, 1894

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Mary Briscoe to McArdle, July 1894

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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Mary J. Briscoe to McArdle, July 9, 1894, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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