James M. Hill to McArdle, October 20, 1895
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Austin Oct 26th 1885
Mr. H. A. McArdle
Dear Sir [Y]ours
of the 7th ultimo was forwarded to
me from Fayett[e]ville & in consequence
of sickness & being from home I have
not been able to answer as promptly as
I could wish, on the points you wish.
1. The Breastworks were made in the
following order, beginning at point of
timber & extending out a considerable
distance in prairie, next to timber[.]
[It] was made of brush, next blankets, sack[s]
of corn, [and] flour, camp equipage, & Appe-
archoes, a large pack pad. [W]hen
set up [it] was about 2 1/2 feet high &
was bullet proof.
2. [T]he ground in front of breastworks was
a little rolling[.] Part of it ascending
& a part descending.
3. [O]ur officers had no uniforms.
Deaf Smith had a suit of buckskin
James M. Hill to McArdle, October 20, 1895, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.