The Battle of San Jacinto

James M. Hill to McArdle, October 20, 1895

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Handbook of Texas article on James M. Hill

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James Hill to McArdle, October 1895

Austin Oct 26th 1885

Mr. H. A. McArdle


Independence Texas

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

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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.

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