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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