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First Hand Account of the Siege of Bexar From the Republic Pension Application of Joseph Lopez - Page 3

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 lead poured out as fast as the men could load and fire

Thus things went on for a few hours, when the officers set some of the men to digging trenches for the purpose of taking possession of other houses, While others were sent around the place, picking the dead and wounded, among those that they brought in mortally wounded was a man that had on him a green blanket coat, he was shot through the side of the head, and laid on his back keeping up a species of snoring, which sounded so peculiar that one could not help noticing it, It was on that first morning, that a little doctor came out with a lady's basket on his head, and as he danced and capered in the yard, while the balls were flying all over his head, told the men that they were going to have a fandango there that night,

On the second day a large gun was placed in the rear of the house, which being pointed towards the church steeple, made that portion of the edifice tremble, inspite of its being built of stone, and dislodged those rascals, that from that place were picking our men, one at a time with their muskets, yet notwithstanding all this, on the third day in the forenoon, and in that same yard just under the arch way, a distinguished colonel [Ben Milam] was shot through the temples, the ball coming as near out on the other side, that it made a swelling and was cut out with a razor, I had been looking at him a few minutes before as he stood there dressed in a white Blanket coat, but my attention being attracted around,

and when I looked towards the place again I saw him streched at has whole lengt [sic], he never new what hurt him a moment afterwards the man next to me was also shot down, Several outside batteries were playing now on the Mexicans, and the process of digging trenches had progressed so far, as to enable the

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