Lyman F. Rounds: Pension Application
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I joined the Texan Army on the 1st of January 1836 at San Augustine under Lieut Stansbury Recruiting Officer at that place, I was made Serg't from enlistment, a few days after enlisting General Houston and Capt Henry Teal came to the Rendezvous. they wished me to join Capt Teals Company at Nacogdoches, which I did, in March we left there to reinforce Col. Travers [Travis] at the Alamo, but while Capt. Teal and myself was Standing in the Hall of the Convention then Sitting at Washington, on the Brazos when a courier arrived with the news that Travers and his whole party had been captured and cut to pieces, We then marched and joined Houston on the Colorado, Gen'l Seizma [Sesma] at this time being on the opposite Side of the River three miles from us with 3000 Mexican troops, from here we fell back where San Felipe de Austin had Stood. turned up the Brazos and encamped in a Cane Brake opposite Gross's [Groce's] plantation, where we lay about two weeks, when we move crossed the river on the Steamer YellowStone proceeded to Buffalo Bayou opposite to where Harris burg had Stood, While here Deaf Smith captured a Mexican Courier giving us the information that Santa Ana was not far from us, on the 18th of April Capt Teal was taken Sick with the Measles, Capt Andrew Briscoe was assigned to A, Co (the one I belonged to) until Capt Teals recovery the night of the 19th We crossed the Bayou Some little distance below Camp on Rafts, on the morning of the 20th took up our advance guards of us and Santa Ana's Column, we advanced, crossed the Bridge on Vincents [Vinces] Bayou when Gen'l Houston ordered the Bridge destroyed, we kept the Road towards Lynches Ferry, And When the Head of Houston's Column reached the Ferry Santa Ana's forces came in Sight in our Rear, Houston fell Back about a mile on the Banks of Buffalo Bayou Sheltered by a crowning piece of timber land, We lay here until about 4 O.Clock P.M. 21st of April when We formed to make the attack, Now, although an admirer of Gen'l Houston, I think he made a rather unmilitary movement in making the attack be formed in double file, marched at a right angle on the enemies left until within musket range, filed to right by flank, So that our Co (A) had to march the entire length of the Mexicans line under fire, before we could face to the front and return their fire, but nevertheless, in twenty Minutes We had them on the run and before Sun down we Streched eight hundred of [them] on the field never to rise, again on the 22, as I was returning from the Battlefield to camp I was presented with a 2d Liut Commission by Tho's J Rusk, then Sec'y of War