Juan Seguín to Captain Pratt, March 26, 1837
Seguín faced many difficulties as commander of Bexar, including a lack of manpower and supplies. In March 1837, he was forced to abandon the city for a time and try to regroup near Gonzales. In this letter, he orders a Captain Platt to scour the countryside for horses to keep his men mounted. This move put Seguín in another bind, for it alienated his fellow Tejanos, many of whom depended on their horses for their livelihood. The "Manchaca" referred to is probably Jos Antonio Menchaca, a prominent Tejano army officer who fought under Seguín at San Jacinto.
The letter below is Sam Houston's copy of Seguín's original letter. The copy was made by John William Smith, also known as El Colorado, the last messenger from the Alamo and the first Texan mayor of San Antonio.
Juan Seguín to Captain Pratt, March 26, 1837, A.J. Houston Collection, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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