Autobiography of José Antonio Navarro, 1841
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My venerable Uncle, Francisco Ruiz, and my
Brother-in-law Juan Martin de Veramendi leaving
Bexar fugitives from their families, as Insurgents, when Arre-
dondo desired to have shot as the principal ringleaders
of the revolutionists of Bexar. My aforesaid oldest brother
Angel, who was at time Lieutenant of Infantry
the army when Arredondo's command was defin-
of his office with disdain, and he was dismissed
Royal Service, without pay, and without any
kind of discharge as it was the customary and
according to the Regulations for the Government of
the Armies of the King of Spain; and why? Because
ever since the Year of 1813 and particularly since
the unfortunate Battle of the Medina, my Uncle
Francisco Ruiz, my Brother-in-law Veramundi, my afore-
said brother Angel, and even ourselves the minors of the
family have fallen into a horrid persecution on the
part of all the Spanish officials devoted to the cause
of their King. The names of Ruiz, Veramundi and
Navarro was the mark of
disgrace something, the notice alarm of
treason and of all evil that could be invoked against
the holy cause and the Rights of the King of Spain.
In Augt. 1813, at 18 years of age, I fled to the
United States at the time as it is already stated the
Battle of Medina was lost, and with it the last hope
of the Mexican Patriots [?] Internal Provinces of Mexico.
My mother, then alone, with the minor chil-
dren of Bexar, my oldest brother Angel, absent from Bexar
Autobiography of José Antonio Navarro, 1841, Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.